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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

Next funding round for applications opens 2 August 2024

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!

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 Application and Information Session

Thursday 25 January, 2024,
Napier War Memorial Centre

Round 1: Applications Open

Friday 26 January, 2024

Round 1: Applications Close

Friday 16 February, 2024

Creative Communities Application and Information Session

Monday 29 July, 2024,
Napier War Memorial Centre

Round 2: Applications Open

Friday 2 August, 2024

Round 2: Applications Close

Friday 23 August, 2024

Successful Applicants for Napier Creative Communities September 2023



Approved Funding

Creative Arts Napier Incorporated

Seaweek 2024 Art Exhibition,

Competition and Workshops.


Disability Training Services HB Trust

Rock band for adults with disabilities - a community collaboration between DTS EPIC pathways and the Napier music academy to support adults with disabilities who are enthusiastic about music. 


Putaanga Waitoa

WHY TANGI -Curating an exhibition that features 14 artists and looks further into the pūrakau of Māui Tikitiki-a-Tāranga. The Trickster.


Home Schooling

Homeschool Choir. There was a desire to ensure that a minority group of students could contribute and be exposed to the creative arts. HBHC exposes tamariki to music, teaches singing and improves reading, listening and collaboration skills. 


Sarah Glatz

Online Art and Craft Lessons.


Creative Arts Napier Inc

100 Days Napier -  A mentored art journey over 100 days where artists grow their practice alongside other local artists culminating in a joint exhibition open to the public.


Creative Arts Napier Inc

Hawkes Bay Art Trail 2023 and creates an event where those participants in the art guide can open their studios for the weekend during the HB Arts Festival to visitors and locals.


Bay Cities Symphonic Band Inc

Extraordinary Machines of Clockwork and Steam -  Public community symphonic band music concert by the Bay Cities' Symphonic Band at the Napier Waiapu Cathedral with guest performers the Octavius Choir.


Creative Arts Napier

After School Art Club Classes.


Backline Charitable Trust

HB Music Hub Website upgrade to make navigation easier for users.


Rotary Club of Greenmeadows

"Youthful Expressions: Art Unveiled in Hawke's Bay -  hosting an exciting art exhibition and competition where young artists (ages 5-12) can show off their cool artwork.


Napier Civic Choir

Concert Weekend 3 from 27-29 October 2023.


Napier Batucada Incorporated

BAY BLOCO - To celebrate its ten-year anniversary, Hawke's Bay community music group BAY BATUCADA has created BAY BLOCO.‍ A free public event will showcase performances by Bay Batucada as our way of saying thanks to the locals and businesses that have supported us over the last decade.


Napier City Business Incorporated

Activating Vacant Spaces Competition/Promotion - Art - An exciting initiative aimed at revitalizing the heart of Napier CBD while celebrating the richness of art and creativity in our community. The Competition provides an opportunity for artists of all ages to showcase their talent.


Hōhepa Services Limited

Hōhepa Rangitahi Waharoa Project - to create a wooden waharoa (entrance way) into the rangitahi area of the Hōhepa School in Poraiti. 


Kezia Joy Whakamoe

Laptop for editing online wānanga - Editing equipment for online wānanga currently in production, replacement for laptop lost to floods at Waiohiki Creative Village.


Roger Kelly

Empowering creative journeys - An eight  week community programme empowering creative journeys through  workshop focusing on empowering participants to unpack and build habits for developing a personal creative practice.


Kaisen Trust

Christmas at the Park 2023


Happenings and Activations Society of Hastings Incorporated

Fringe in the Stings 2023 - is Hawke's Bay's only Fringe Festival. The heart and Kaupapa of Fringe is that we are an affordable, accessible Arts Festival, aimed at the people of Hawke’s Bay and provide a development platform for emerging artists. Applying for marketing costs.


Foto iwi Charitable Trust

FOTOFEST photography festival event 2024 - We wish to provide community engagement and promotion for Napier through smaller events such as pop up photographic exhibitions/competitions as awareness for our main festival planned for September 2024. 


Small Hall Sessions Ltd

The Small Hall Sessions - Over the next three months, from September to December the Small Hall Sessions will be touring 7 different musical acts to 20 different Community Halls across greater HB across 20 nights.


Festivals Fund  

Happenings and Activations Society of Hastings Incorporated

Fringe in the Stings 2023 - Fringe in the 'Stings (FitS) is Hawke's Bay's only Fringe Festival. The heart and Kaupapa of Fringe is that we are an affordable, accessible Arts Festival, aimed at the people of Hawke’s Bay and provide a development platform for emerging artists.Fringe in the 'Stings has run annually since 2016, with the exception of 2021 when we had a Covid cancellation. 


Bay Music Group Ltd

Outfield Music, Food and Arts Festival 2024 - this is a multidisciplinary project that ensures access to a diverse range of arts experiences including art, music, dance and food. Outfield 2024 is themed around connection, which has naturally developed from the relationships that have blossomed from the first festival which was in 2020. 


Small Hall Sessions Ltd

A FESTIVAL of Small Hall Sessions - Throughout the year the Small Hall Sessions travel throughout the greater Hawke's Bay Region presenting musical artists of National and International repute in concerts held in Community Halls. Typically each tour is four to five consecutive nights, each in a different venue.


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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