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Creative Communities NZ Funding Scheme

The next funding round for 2017 is September. Applications can be made between 28 July and 18 August.

Please note: No late applications will be considered.

March 2017 recipients

We are pleased to announce the following organisations have received funding from the March 2017 Creative Communities NZ Funding Scheme.

Organisation Funding Approved
CAN - Children's Expo $500
CAN Live Poetry $500
Connected Media Charitable Trust $1,000
Creative Arts Napier Inc. $500
Edible Fashion Awards 2017 - Hastings Art & Culture Trust $1,800
Emily Armstrong $250
HB Youth Theatre $1,500
Hanley Productions $1,000
HB Creative Fibre (Woolcraft HB) $600
Hohepa Hawke's Bay $1,200
IHC NZ Inc. $850
Keirunga Book Arts $530
Maraenui Development Group $1,000
Napier City Business Inc. $1,360
Napier Civic Choir Inc. $1407.80
Napier Performing Arts Competitions $1,000
Taradale Marketing Association Inc. $1,500
The Pencil Room $500
The Writers in Wineries Charitable Trust $1,500
Zeal Education Trust (FUSE project) $1,500
Zeal Education Trust (Versus project) $1,000

To ensure that budding artists of Napier can keep their creative juices flowing, Creative New Zealand, with the help of the Napier City Council, is providing a helping hand by distributing over $45,000 to groups, organisations and individuals in the art sector each year. There are two Creative Communities Funding Scheme rounds a year, in March and September.

The aim of the scheme, which was established nearly 20 years ago, is to increase participation in the arts at a local level and to increase the range and diversity of arts available to communities.

Napier Scheme Administrator says the average grant is usually between $500 and $2,500 and when it comes to allocating the funds, the assessment committee looks for one of the three criteria below:

  • Increase participation in the arts. The aim here is to support opportunities for active and direct participation in the arts
  • Increase the range and diversity of the arts available to communities. Support the presentation of new activities and arts experiences locally and by developing new audiences for the arts
  • Enhance and strengthen the local arts sector. Does it support communities and art groups to practice and promote the arts locally? This could include funding for training and skills development for arts participants; organisational development for arts organisations; research, information and promotional projects.

Projects that are funded include events, exhibitions, festivals, seminars, workshop performances, rehearsals, murals/street art and films.

If you need to apply for over $8,000 you should consider discussing your project with Creative New Zealand to see if it qualifies for national funding.

Who Can Apply?

Any group, organisation or individual, however individuals must be New Zealand citizens or a permanent resident.

If you've previously received funding under the Creative Communities Scheme, either as an individual or as a member of a group, you must have completed a Project Report form for the earlier project before any further applications from you will be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

All eligible projects must be arts and cultural projects and meet all of the following criteria:

  • Meets one of the three funding criteria (see Funding Criteria)
  • Must be completed within 12 months after the funding is approved
  • Application must be on the standard application form provided by Creative New Zealand
  • Have arts or creative cultural focus
  • Benefit local communities
  • Take place within the city or district to which the application is made, and benefit local communities within that district or city
  • Project not have started before funding approved
  • Not have been already funded by Creative New Zealand for the same purpose
  • Not have already been funded through Creative New Zealand's multi-year funding programme

Funding Criteria

Your project must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • 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.

Applications are assessed on the criteria mentioned above, plus the following:

  • 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

Eligible Activities and Projects:

  • Art focused exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, dance (arts or cultural focus) and workshops and dance that has arts and cultural focus (such as folk, ballet, taiaha, highland dance, classical Indian dance, cultural dance, contemporary dance jazz and rock'n roll)
  • Personnel costs and materials for one-off, short-term projects (such as making costumes for dance or painting materials)
  • Artist development - costs associated with artist in-residence schemes or seminars for local artists or groups
  • Arts related promotional activities, events or programmes
  • Community participation and engagement opportunities for communities and groups
  • Support for the arts of ethnic communities - projects and activities that support ethnic traditions and arts
  • Projects focusing on young people - youth art events, such as concerts, competitions, presentations, workshops and art camps and school based projects that are outside the school's core curriculum
  • Projects linked to other sectors such as arts projects, health, heritage or environment, provided the project's main focus is to achieve art outcomes (such as professional dancers working with a group of disabled performers to produce a show, a workshop for artists to create work themed on the history of the city or district or a youth art exhibition of sculptures made from recycled materials)

Projects or Activities That Cannot be Funded

  • Activities without an art focus (eg puzzles, model making, speech contests, fitness based on dance or martial arts)
  • Activities that are the direct responsibility of schools or other education institutions
  • Projects that are the core business of an organisation or service provider
  • Entry fees for competitions, contests or exams
  • Prize money, awards or judges fees
  • Ongoing administration and service costs not related to a specific project
  • The development of facilities, such as fixed items, white ware, floor coverings
  • Buying capital items or equipment such as cameras, computers or instruments
  • Travel for individuals or groups to attend events, presentations or shows
  • Catering costs for an event
  • Fundraising projects or related costs

Assessing your Application

The Napier City Council's Assessment Sub-committee meet to finalise decisions approximately three weeks after the close-off date. Applicants will be notified of the decision in writing.

Applications Should Include the Following:

  • A detailed budget
  • 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 an individual, include information on your background, work, and things you may have done/been involved with in the past.
  • Financial information summarising your group's finances for the last financial year.

Application forms for funding rounds are available on this website and from the following sites:

Napier and Taradale Public Libraries, Creative Arts Napier and the Community Development Department at the Napier City Council.

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