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Napier Creative Communities

Creative New Zealand, in partnership with NCC, distributes $52,680 to groups, organisations and individuals working within our local creative community. Most grants range between $500 and $2,500.

Napier's Creative Communities scheme distributes over $52,000 to groups, organisations and individuals in the local art sector each year. There are two funding rounds each year - in February and August.  Click the 'Related documents' button above to download your application form and project guidelines. 

CCS3What we fund

Any group, organisation or individual may apply, though individuals must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Your project must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Access and participation. The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities.
  • Diversity. The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity.
  • Young People. The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

What we look for

Next Funding Rounds

February 2020. Opens Monday 3 February. Closes Friday 21 February, 5pm.
August 2020. Opens Monday 3 August. Closes Friday 21 August, 5pm.

We also run workshops to help potential applicants write a killer proposal. The next one is at the Napier War Memorial Centre's boardroom on:

Thursday 30 July, 12.00-1.00pm.

RSVP to register

As well as the above criteria, these factors influence our decision:

  • Quality of the project
  • Artistic merit
  • Impact on the local arts community
  • Your ability to make it happen
  • Good project planning and budgeting
  • Level of financial need
  • Viability of project where a project cannot be fully funded.

Applications should include the following:

  • A detailed budget.
  • Quotes for the items you require funding for.
  • A project description, including dates, numbers of participants, and a programme of what you intend to achieve. If you are paying fees to artists or tutors, include a brief CV of who they are and their role in your project.
  • If you are applying as an individual, include information on your background, work, and things you may have done/been involved with in the past.
  • Groups or organisations must provide a copy of their latest financial statement. This can be a copy of the audited accounts, an income and expenditure statement or a copy of the unaudited management accounts.

Latest recipients

The following organisations received funding in the June 2020 funding round.

Organisation Amount Funded this Round 
Edible Fashion Awards 2019/Hastings Art Culture Trust 2,000.00
The Pencil Room
(Life Drawing)
Institute of Registered Music Teachers Hawke's Bay 1,200.00
UKU Clay Hawke's Bay 2,000.00
The Pencil Room
(Unframed Workshop)
Anthony Stretch 2,000.00
Creative Arts Napier 1,053.95
Robert Fugah 2,100.00
Napier Operatic Society 3,000.00
Napier Live Poets 724.50
Campbell Burns 800.00
Amy Atkins 2,450.00
Foto Iwi (Photo Iwi Charitable Trust) 2,220.00
Maraenui Donations 3,500.00
Hohepa Series Limited 960.00
Total Funds Distributed 26,836.45

How to apply The Creative Communities Assessment committee meet to finalise decisions approximately five weeks after the close-off date. We'll notify applicants in writing of the outcome. 

Note: If you're previously received CCS funding, either as an individual or part of a group, you must've completed a Project Completion Report for this project before we'll consider any further applications.


Napier City Council
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Private Bag 6010
Napier 4142

Napier City Council
Dunvegan House
215 Hastings Street
Napier 4110


Napier Creative Communities Committee Wants You

This voluntary committee plays an important part in growing the arts in the Napier community. We need new members who are Napier residents, have a broad knowledge and interest in the art activities in the Napier region, knowledge of how to read financial statements and be available for meetings during the day.

The Creative Communities committees are run by local councils, and distribute the funds on behalf of Creative NZ. The funding supports access to, and promotion of arts in our local community.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in please use this link to find out more, and a nomination form. 



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