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Napier Creative Communities

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

Each year Creative New Zealand provides CCS funding to local and district councils throughout New Zealand to distribute in their area. The scheme supports more than 1,800 projects every year. 
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.

Additional Funding to Creative Communities Scheme

Creative New Zealand has welcomed the announcement from Government of an additional $5 million to support the arts sector through the Delta outbreak. You can view full details of the support package here Government’s Delta support package for the arts.

We are happy to confirm that $1 million has been allocated to the Creative Communities

Scheme (CCS), to be distributed as a Delta ‘top-up’ to 67 territorial authorities on a per capita basis. This is the second CCS ‘top-up’ in 2021. The first ‘top-up’ was distributed in January as part of Government’s first Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme.

Napier City Council will receive additional funding of $13,431.34 for the scheme for 2021-2022.

Applicants Workshop

Two workshops for potential applicants are held each year for the Creative Communities Scheme. They are held at the Napier War Memorial a few days before each open date.

If you would like more information about the workshop, or are unable to attend a workshop, please contact Belinda at

The dates for the workshops are shown under the ‘Next Funding Rounds’ section below.

There are two funding rounds each year, that open in January 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

September 2022 - Opens 29 July. Closes 19 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:

Wednesday 27 July, 12:00-1:00pm 

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.

 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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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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