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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.

Creative New Zealand, in partnership with, Napier City Council distributes $52,680 to groups, organisations and individuals working within our local creative community each year.Most grants range between $500 and $2,500. There are two funding rounds each year, in February and August.  

Project guidelines  Brochure

You are also able to apply to Hastings Creative Communities Scheme for your event/project, providing it involves Napier and Hastings residents and you are 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 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. Applications are now closed. 

Project Completion Form

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 consideration will be given to any further applications. The form can be found under the ‘Related Documents’ button at the top of the page. 

Project Completion Report

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.

Email - (preferred) 

Napier City Council
c/- Community Strategies Team
Private Bag 6010
Napier 4142

Napier City Council
Dunvegan House
215 Hastings Street
Napier 4110


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