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Napier Creative Communities

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

Every year, Creative New Zealand allocates CCS funding to local and district councils across New Zealand. Councils then distribute the funds in their respective areas, and this initiative supports over 1,800 projects annually.

Napier City Council collaborates with Creative New Zealand to offer financial assistance to groups, organisations, and individuals who contribute to the local creative community. The grants usually range from $500 to $2,500. There are two funding rounds per annum that open in January (for projects that start after 1 April) and August (for projects that start after 1 October).

For more information, please contact the Community Funding Advisor at

Applications open August 2023

Do you have a community arts project, festival, or performance that needs financial help to make it happen? Whether you are an individual, or part of a group or organisation, if you have an idea that can add some creative zing to our city we want to hear about it!

Applications open Friday 4 August and close Friday 25 August 5pm (no late applications will be accepted).

 Apply for Creative Communites funding here Project guidelines

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.

We've moved our funding and grants applications to Smarty Grants.

Smarty Grants Login LandscapeSmarty Grants is an online portal that allows grant makers to track their progress and receive notifications on upcoming grant opportunities, ensuring that they are always up-to-date with the latest information. Smarty Grants simplifies the grant application process, providing organisations, groups and individuals with access to a wide range of funding opportunities. This means applicants will now need to create a Smarty Grants profile to apply for funding. 

No hard copy applications will be accepted, and no late applications will be considered.

For more information on Smarty Grants and how to sign up visit our Smarty Grants info page here

What 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:

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.

2022 - 2025 Napier City Council Local Funding Priorities

  • The decision committee particularly encourage community art projects/events that are affordable and accessible to the community, and are:

    • new or expanded local projects;
    • demonstrate youth development;
    • promote Maori arts/culture, or
    • celebrate cultural diversity

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

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Creative Communities Scheme Timeline

Creative Communities Workshop

Wednesday 26 July, 2023

Applications open

Friday 4 August, 2023

Applications close

Friday 25 August, 2023

Successful Applicants for Napier Creative Communities March 2023



Approved Funding

Napier Civic Choir

Napier Civic Choir's Concert weekend 1 2023. Carmina Burana


 Amanda Blewett

Knitting for Victory - Revisited


Bay View Community Trust

Le Quesne Road public toilet mural


IHC New Zealand

Photography Workshop 2023 Project


The StarJam Charitable Trust

StarJam Napier programme 2023


Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ - Hawke's Bay Branch

Hawke's Bay Young Musician of the Year 2023


 Sukhdeep Singh

Children's drawing competition for Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas


Creative Arts Napier Inc (CAN)

Hawke's Bay Art Guide and Trail


Ahuriri Kāhui Ako

Kāhui Ako Community festival


 Emma Bowyer

BYOB : Bring Your Own Baby Comedy Club


Napier Live Poets

Napier Live Poets


Total Funds Distributed


Successful Applicants for Napier Creative Communities September 2022
Organisation/Individual Project  Approved Funding
Creative Arts Napier Nuit Blanche Interactive Art activity; 'Colour My Blooms' 2,220.23
Creative Arts Napier Creative Arts Napier After School Art Club 1,223.50
The Pencil Room Life Drawing Napier 1,320.00
Cheree Merlo Creative Mask Challenge 2023 2,000.00
Every Body is a Treasure Trust Napier District - Visual Poetry Jam Workshop & Virtual Master Classes 600.00
Foto Iwi Charitable Trust Happy Bay News Magazine and Media Project 1,400.00
Happenings and Activation Society Hastings Fringe in the 'Stings 2022 1,000.00
Hawke's Bay Community Choir Come Together (provisional) 1,730.00
Kaisen Charitable Trust Christmas at the Park 2022 1,500.00
Uku Clay Uku Clay Hawke's Bay Catalogue 2022 1,400.00
Wine Country Quilts Wine Country Quilts Exhibition 2023 2,753.00
Hawke's Bay Photography Society Photographic Exhibition at CAN 1,500.00
Napier Arts Club Watercolour in Action 1,000.00
Waiohiki Creative Arts Village Fire Arts Workshop 1,200.00
Tamaki Shimaoka 3D Pavement Mural 650.00
Angeline Chand Hawke's Bay Bandi Chorr Divas and Diwali - Lighting and Rangoli Competitions 2,000.00
Richmond Palleson Dawn of a New Metal Season 2 773.00
Christie Wright Before the Bikini - A Celebration Of Art Deco Era Swimwear 540.00
Sophie England The Pop Up 1,053.00
 Total Funds Distributed   25,862.73
Successful Applicants for the Napier Creative Communities March 2022
Organisation/Individual Project Approved Funding
Hastings Art & Culture Trust Edible Fashion Awards 2022 4,000
Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ (HB Branch) Hawke's Bay Young Musicians of Year 2022 2,000
Little Green Man Productions Matariki Glow Show 2022 – giant scale puppet show 1,817
Uku Clay HB Uku Clay Hawke's Bay 2022 Exhibition 2,000
Photo Iwi Happy Bay News - youth workshops and publication 1,800
StarJam StarJam - workshops and performance 3,000
Campbell Burns Droplets – a unique interactive sound art work 1,000
Kathy Clark Gumboots Brass and Wind Ensemble 648
Napier Live Poets Napier Live Poets - open mic gatherings and National Poetry Day event 552
Karen Leslie - Hawke's Bay Comedy Peak Comedy – stand-up comedy shows, including visiting comics 2,000
Total Funds Distributed (GST Excl) $18,817
Successful Applicants for the Napier Creative Communities September 2021
Recipient Project Name Approved Funding
Creative Arts Napier Hawke's Bay Art Trail (supply and identifying flags for each Napier artist studio on the HB Art Trail) 1,500
Creative Arts Napier CAN Artist in Residence 2022 (wish to establish an annual emerging Artists in Residence opportunity) 1,110
Foto Iwi Trust Foto Iwi Workshop/Rangatahi Magazine (work together to produce the 'Happy Bay News' magazine, focused on culture, diversity and environment) 2,136
Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Trust 2021 Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Festival (an opportunity for established and emerging writers to come together with leader writers in literary events unique to HB) 2,165
Hawke's Bay Orchestra Carols by Candlelight Concert (full strength orchestra, soloists and choir, with members from Prima Volta to perform the LED candlelight concerts on stage) 2,750
IHC New Zealand Beginners Photography workshop project (for people with disabilities to develop skills in a creative art form) 1,300
Kaisen Trust Christmas at the Park 2021 (public community event showcasing local and NZ artists , and Kapa Haka groups performing to a large audience) 1,000
Keirunga Theatre Collective Pirate Kai (a theatre production for young children about wellbeing, healthy relationships and creativity) 2,372
StarJam Charitable Trust  StarJam (music workshops and public performances for people isolated by disability) 2,750
Taradale Pottery Group Taradale Pottery Exhibition
( for special needs students to promote diversity in Clay)
Robert Fugah African Songs, Drumming and Dance Workshops- African Culture to Napier 2,250
Cherie Meerlo Creative Mask Challenge 2022 (invite primary and intermediate aged children to participate in a creative mask making competition and an exhibition for recycled materials and natural fibres) 2,750
Waiapu Cathedral Choir 2021 Sing-in at the Cathedral (open to all interested parties, with a 2-3 hour learning session and performance to audience and friends) 974
Clayton Guthrie Expression of my Growth (exhibit in a Brain Injury exhibition showcasing Art Deco and wineries, and original work) 1,200
The Secret Keeper The Secret Keeper (exhibition of sculptures, video, photographic prints and a book which discuss childhood sexual abuse) 2,500
Hawke's Bay Indian Assn Diwali 2021 (major event in the Hindu culture that symbolises the spiritual 'victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance') 2,750
Bay Music Group Ltd Outfield Festival 2022 (music, food and arts festival to foster local artists with an opportunity to showcase their talents) 2,000
Kami Bay Batik workshop, exhibition and fashion show 2021 (to introduce the Traditional Indonesian textile to the Hawkes's Bay community) 2,000
Richmond Palleson Dawn of a New Metal Season (an opportunity for local Hawke's Bay musical artists to showcase to a crowd) 500
Rakuto Kurano Rakuto Kurano "Duplexity" concert tour (performing three new commissioned works and classics as a young composer) 450
  Total Funds Distributed $36,857.00

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