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Napier Creative Communities

Creative New Zealand, in partnership with, Napier City Council provides $52,680 to groups, organisations and individuals working within our local creative community per annum to distribute. Most grants range between $500 and $2,500.

There are two funding rounds each year, in February and August.  

Application form Project guidelines  Brochure 

You are also able to apply to Hastings Creative Communities Scheme for your event/project, providing it involves Napier residents, and you request funding for different components of the project. Please complete the appropriate application forms if apply to both councils.

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 2021. Opens Monday, 1 February. Closes Friday, 19 February, 5pm.
August 2021. Opens Monday 2 August. Closes Friday 20 August, 5pm.

We also run workshops to help potential applicants. We cover why it is important to submit a good application, what the fund is about, how to write a good budget and more. Workshops will be held at The Napier War Memorial Centre on:

Thursday 28 January, 12.00-1.00pm. Wednesday 28 July, 12:00-1:00pm 

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As well as the above criteria, these factors influence the committee's 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 of the whole project 
  • 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/balance statement or a copy of the unaudited management accounts

How to apply 

The Creative Communities Assessment committee meet to finalise decisions approximately five weeks after the close-off date. Applicants are notified in writing of the outcome.

Application form  grant guidelines 

Project Completion Form

If you receive CCS funding, either as an individual or part of a group, you must completed a Project Completion Report for the project/event before consideration will be given to any further applications. 


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Napier City Council is pleased to announce that the following applicants received grants in the Creative Communities 2020 September Funding round
Organisation Name of Project Amount Approved
The Pencil Room Life Drawing Art Exhibition  $380.00
Creative Arts Napier Hawke's Bay Art Guide 2021  $1,043.50
Creative Arts Napier Nuite Blanche Indoor Interactive Street Art Project  $1,083.47
Anthony Stretch Stretch  Music Video  $2,000.00
Little Green Man Productions Te Moana Glow Show  $2,600.00
Alex Devine Waiata Māori Sharing Circle  $2,404.80
Loughlin Productions Whakamanawatia-a kaupapa Māori-focused local wananga in Napier  $2,401.00
Foto Iwi Foto Iwi Creative Workshops for photography  $1,500.00
The Hawke's Bay Inkers The Urban Print Project -Nature's Sanctuary  $1,096.80
Rachael Stone Blooming Wonderful You -visual arts exhibition  $1,350.00
Napier Operatic Society Production of Seussical Jr  $2,000.00
Katja Starke Lockdown Laundry - air your memories workshop (storytelling)  $970.00
Happenings and Activation Society of Hastings Fringe in the Stings (FitS) a hyper-local, strollable festival for local and visiting performers   $1,950.00
Wanderlust Theatre Production of Love Linda: The Life of Mrs Cole Porter  $1,000.00
Vines Project Team Vines - start up print journal  $644.25
EVBooks EVBooks website  $800.00
Kaisen Charitable Trust Hawke's Bay Christmas at the Park 2020  $2,000.00
Napier Girls High School Production of West Side Story  $2,000.00
Lee Gaylor Lee Gaylor's Finds Arts Exhibition - 'Fire'  $1,350.00
MiChalk Art Business Paint our Beautiful City -sketching and painting   $370.00
Samual Lea Using different techniques and materials to showcase his own work  $1,250.00
  Total Funds Distributed $30,193.82

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