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Hastings District Creative Communities Scheme

Are you involved in an arts project, festival, performance or workshop? If so, you can apply for a Creative Communities grant, funded by Creative NZ and managed in Hastings by Hastings District Council. The purpose of the central government initiative is to increase the range, diversity and participation in the arts in communities.

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There are two funding rounds per year, with decisions made around two weeks after each of the two application closing dates.

Round 1 for projects starting after 1 April 2024
Round closed

Creative Communities

Round 2 for projects starting after 1 October 2024
Applications will be open 2 August – 23 August 2024 at midnight (end of day)

All applications must be submitted via the online grants portal.

Information and forms

Documents that will assist you in the preparation of your application include:

Who can apply?

You can apply for a Creative Communities grant if your project meets all of the following requirements:

  • Has an arts or cultural focus
  • Takes place within Hastings and/or benefits the district
  • Meets at least one of the three funding criteria (listed below)
  • Benefits local communities
  • Has not started before the application for funding is assessed
  • Has not been funded by Creative New Zealand for the same purpose.


Creative New Zealand has three funding criteria for this scheme. They are:

  • Broad community involvement
    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.

Activities that will not be funded

  • Facility development i.e. the cost of buildings or items necessary to make a facility functional such as plumbing, floor coverings, furnishings, white ware or equipment
  • The purchase of art works for galleries or communities
  • Ongoing administration costs that are not directly related to a specific project
  • Projects already started before the committee's decision date
  • Projects that have already received Creative New Zealand funding
  • Elimination of accumulated deficit or debt servicing
  • Fundraising costs
  • Applications from groups which have not returned accountability forms after previous funding
  • Arts activities provided by education institutions which would normally funded through their curriculum and operating budgets.

Types of activities which may be funded

  • Exhibitions, installation and performances
  • Arts-related promotional activities
  • Materials for an arts event or activity
  • Seminars or workshops for local artists and arts groups
  • Costs associated with artist in residence schemes
  • Events or festivals
  • Personnel costs for one-off, short-term projects
  • Dance that has an arts and culture focus, for example, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary dance, taiaha, highland dancing, cultural dance, rock 'n roll. (Dance that focuses on fitness, for example aerobics and line dancing, is considered a sport)
  • School-based projects that are outside of the school's normal activities and provide opportunities for community participation or provide benefits for the wider community
  • Food for artists, participants, and audiences when connected to manaakitanga (the expression of aroha, hospitality, generosity and mutual respect).

Assessing your application

Council's assessment committee meets two weeks after the round's closing date. Decisions are notified by mail within seven working days of the committee meeting.

The Hastings committee assesses the applications on the Creative Communities criteria above, plus the following:

  • The quality of the project
  • The artistic merit
  • The impact on the local arts community
  • Your ability to make it happen
  • That good project planning and budgeting are evident
  • The level of financial need
  • That the application is not for business-as-usual or ongoing operational expenses
  • The financial risk if a project cannot be fully funded
  • Response to Toi-Tū, HB Arts.

How much can I apply for?

Because demand is always high, the average grant awarded is usually less than $2000.

For more information please email the Community Grants Advisor.

You are also able to apply to the Napier Creative Communities Scheme for your event/project, providing it involves both Hastings and Napier residents and you are request funding for different components of the project. Please complete the appropriate application forms if apply to both councils.

If you need to apply for more than $8000 you should consider discussing your project with Creative New Zealand to see if it qualifies for national funding. See: Creative New Zealand or email


If you have any questions about the Creative Communities scheme please contact the Community Grants Advisor.

Previous Creative Communities Grant Recipients

Malone Gemmell Ori Tahiti Dance Academy  $1,980.00
Arts Inc. Heretaunga Portion of Print Costs - Hawke's Bay Art Guide  $2,700.00
Mara Radice, Madi Knight, Te Angi Wylie Development of puppets for children's workshop  $2,064.44
The StarJam Charitable Trust StarJam Hawke's Bay Programme 2024  $1,800.00
Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ Hawke's Bay branch Hawke's Bay Young Musician of the Year 2024  $900.00
Creative Fibre Hawke's Bay Textile Rhapsody - "a fusion of fibre and form"  $900.00
Eastern Screen Alliance Screen Writers Workshop  $1,755.00
The Drama Workshop 'The Astronauts'  $2,700.00
Jessica Mary Shannon Soutar Barron This, In Here  $1,440.00
Eclosion Ltd Priceless - Unlock Your Creativity  $1,620.00
Te Ara Toi o Te Matau-a-Māui Kia Orana Day  $3,780.00
Darth Cornelius Here Before  $1,912.50
Mark Robert Anderson and Kurumi Kido Stepdown presents "Only the Stars Know Where I've Been" by Ctenophora Co  $2,250.00
Napier Civic Choir Inc Napier Civic Choir's Concert Weekend 1, 2024  $900.00
Foto iwi Charitable Trust Photography, Film and Media holiday workshop  $1,849.50
Art & Alchemy Ltd Connect Through Creativity at the Homestead Keirunga Creative Arts Venue  $993.60
Aubyn Live Theatre Pirates of the Curry Bean  $900.00
Toi Whakaari Taiohi o te Matau-a-Māui - Hawke's Bay Youth Theatre (HaBYT) Emilia  $2,034.00
Linden Singers of Hawkes Bay Inc MAY CONCERT 2024  $675.00
Donna Marie Hossack Photography Workshop for Home Educated Children  $686.25
Robert Jack McGee Long Ride Home  $2,247.75
Hawke's Bay Orchestral Society Hawke's Bay Youth Orchestra Spring Concert  $1,485.00
Radio Hawkes Bay World Ocean Day Spoken Word Competition  $900.00
Uku Clay Hawke's Bay 2024 Uku Clay Hawke's Bay 2024  $1,800.00
  TOTAL $40,273.04
Applicant Project Amount
Hawke's Bay Soul Choir Piano for Choirs at Clive Community Hall $3,000.00
Hawke's Bay Orchestral Society Hawke's Bay Youth Orchestra Mother's Day Concert $3,000.00
The Small Hall Sessions Ltd The Small Hall Sessions $3,000.00
Kristyl Hinemoa Marie Neho Whakarereke Whakawhitwhiti (Breaking Barriers) $2,700.00
Arts Inc. Heretaunga Hawke's Bay Art Trail - Marketing Collaterel $2,675.00
Mark Anderson DIY Music Symposium Series $2,250.00
Fergus Morunga Community Film $2,000.00
Brain Injury Association HB Our Story Art Exhibition 2024 $2,000.00
Tiute Caroline Fiu Pasefika dance for Disabled community $2,000.00
Bernie Winkels Music is Life (Outfield Installation) $2,000.00
Aubyn Live Theatre The Jungle Book $1,800.00
Art Hawke's Bay Incorporated Art HB 2023-2024 Exhibition $1,700.00
YMCA Hawkes Bay Pou Project $1,600.00
Happenings and Activations Society of Hastings Fringe in the Stings 2023 $1,500.00
Pakipaki whanau Tukutuku wananga $1,500.00
Script to Screen - Te Tari Tuhi Kupu a Whakaahua Hawke’s Bay Screenwriting Workshop and Talk $1,500.00
Eclosion Ltd Priceless - Unlock Your Creativity 2 $1,500.00
Hasting Choral Society Festive Feast $1,500.00
The CanInspire Charitable Trust Hastings CanBead $1,500.00
Amanda Sowersby Connect through Creativity $1,500.00
Linden Singers of Hawkes Bay November 23 Concert $750.00
Hawke's Bay Soul Choir Inc Choir Programme 2023 $700.00
  TOTAL $41,675.00
 In September 2023 Creative New Zealand provided an additional $20,000 to support ‘festivals’
Applicant Festival Amount
The Small Hall Sessions Ltd FESTIVAL - Small Hall Sessions 2023 $5,000.00
Happenings and Activations Society of Hastings FESTIVAL - Fringe in the Stings 2023 $4,000.00
The Drama Workshop Ltd FESTIVAL - Kids' Festival 2024 $4,000.00
Public Dreams Charitable Trust FESTIVAL - Fiesta of Lights 2023 $4,000.00
Foto Iwi Charitable Trust FESTIVAL - FOTOFEST 2024 $2,000.00
Angeline Chand FESTIVAL - Diwali Festival of Lights 2023 $1,000.00
  TOTAL $20,000.00
Applicant Project Amount
Kezia Joy Whakamoe Mahi Toi for the apocalypse $3,000.00
Hawke's Bay Orchestral Society Hawke's Bay Youth Orchestra Father's Day Concert $3,000.00
Every Body is a Treasure Trust  Visual Poetry Jam Workshop $2,800.00
Mia Dreams Confident Me In-School Program $2,700.00
Briar Wills Water Tank Mural $2,550.00
The StarJam Charitable Trust StarJam Hastings Programme 2023 $2,500.00
Eclosion Ltd Priceless - Unlock Your Creativity $2,300.00
Napier Civic Choir Concert Weekend 1 2023, Carmina Burana $2,000.00
Aubyn Live Theatre Goldilocks and the Three Bears $2,000.00
Crissy Coromandel-Timu Te Ara o Te Hapūtanga $2,000.00
Jessica Soutar Barron & Bridget Freeman-Rock Listen For Your Words $2,000.00
Nightsong The Worm Production $2,000.00
Emma Bowyer Flaming Mojo Improv Comedy Drop In Workshops $1,500.00
IHC New Zealand Incorporated Photography Workshop 2023 project $1,450.00
Studio Sparks Tabla and Sitar Performance & Workshop $1,400.00
Charmaine Margaret Chong Taiao Dance Programme $1,400.00
Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ Hawke's Bay Young Musician of the Year $1,400.00
Keirunga Artists Keirunga Artists Exhibition $1,245.00
Hawke's Bay Soul Choir Choir Programme 2023 $1,000.00
Sukhdeep Singh Punjabi Language week 2023 $1,000.00
Richmond Dawn Of A New Music Age $790.00
Waitangi Marae Waitangi Marae Matariki Market $500.00
   Total $40,535.00
Applicant Project Amount
Mihi Katrina Ratima MIHITOI weaving workshop $3,000.00
Mauricio Benega x HNBA Places, faces and history of Havelock North $3,000.00
sarah Tawhai Ō mātou kōrero Whakawetiweti- (Confident Me Performing Arts Programme) $3,000.00
Angeline Chand Hawkes Bay Bandi Chhor Divas & Diwali - Lighting and Rangoli Competition $2,500.00
Public Dreams Charitable Trust Illuminted orbs at Fiesta of Lights $2,500.00
Wine Country Quilts Wine Country Quilts 2023 Exhibition $2,200.00
Keirunga Gardens Arts & Crafts Society Inc. Keirunga Open Studios and Secondary Schools' Postcard Exhibition $2,000.00
Waiohiki Creative Arts Village Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, Fire Sculpture $2,000.00
Gemma Merryn Ellis Short Film Script Development (Ronan & Lexi) $2,000.00
St Columba HN Presbyterian Church Carols on the Green 2022 $1,650.00
Hastings Choral Society Handel's "Messiah" $1,500.00
Aubyn Live Theatre Beauty and The Beast $1,500.00
Joseph Rowntree Outfield 2023 Art Installation - Manaaki Tower $1,500.00
The CanInspire Charitable Trust CanBead Workshops $1,500.00
Dali Susanto Guardians of the Party $1,500.00
Art Hawke's Bay Incorporated Art Hawke's Bay exhibition $1,400.00
Uku Clay Clay Hawke's Bay 2022 Uku Clay Hawke's Bay Catalogue 2022 $1,400.00
Hawke's Bay Soul Choir Choir Programme 2022/2023 $1,070.00
Tamaki Shimaoka 3D Pavement Mural $1,000.00
Waitawhara Malootau Tiu Tupaea Fringe in the Stings $900.00
Richmond Palleson Dawn of a New Metal Season Hastings $684.00
Linden Singers of Hawkes Bay November 2022 Concert $600.00
  Total $40,904





V Hoy Creative

Puti Lancaster Remembrance Mural


Hastings Art & Culture Trust

2022 Edible Fashion Awards & Associated Schools / Youth Outreach Programmes


Joseph William Dobson

Undergrand in the Redwoods 


Kristyl Neho

Confident Me - Rising Generation


The StarJam Charitable Trust

Providing community connections for youth inactive or isolated by disability.


Hawke's Bay Soul Choir

Choir Programme 2022


Rezpect Dance Academy

Dance Workshops/ Video Concept


Uku Clay Hawk's Bay

Uku Clay Hawke's Bay 2022


Foto Iwi Charitable Trust

Happy Bay News, Youth workshops and publication


Aubyn Live Theatre (Inc)

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood


Hawkes Bay Comedy

Peak Comedy


Campbell Burns



Institute of Registered Music Teachers HB

HB Young Musician of the Year 2022


Hastings Choral Society

Glorious Glorias


Jean Magazine

Jean Magazine


Kjelsty Bernae Hanson

At the Table - Video Interviews of local Clay Artists


Kathryn  Jane Clark

Gumboots Brass and Wind Ensemble Winter Camp


Linden Singers of Hawkes Bay

May Concert






Applicant Project Title Amount
Summer in the Parks Summer in the Parks Jazz on the Village Green - 10 events $4,000
Happenings and Activation Society of Hastings Frings in the Stings - Family and Kids Shows - 8 events $4,000
Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Trust 2021 Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Festival $3,000
Keirunga Theatre Collective Pirate Kai $3,000
Angeline Tangiora Te Hauke Raranga Group $3,000
Kristyl Neho Rising Generation $3,000
The StarJam Charitable Trust StarJam Hawke's Bay end-of-year concert $2,930
Berry Jane Rangi A Cup Of Tivaivai $2,100
Art Hawkes Bay Incorporated Art Hawkes Bay Exhibition $2,000
Hastings Choral Society Festive Feast $2,000
Hawke's Bay Soul Choir Inc Choir Programme 2021/22 $1,959
Brain Injury Association Our Story Art Exhibition 2022 $1,668
Neelam Tripathi My Creative Expression $1,600
Holly Macdonald Wāhine Fiesta $1,500
Arts Inc. Heretaunga HB Art Trail 2021 Artist Studio Flags $1,500
Deepthi Krishna MADE FOR A CAUSE 2022 $1,500
Foto Iwi Foto Iwi Workshop / Rangatahi Magazine $1,500
IHC New Zealand Incorporated Beginners' Photography Workshop $1,300
Angeline Swastika Chand Diwali Art Competition $1,200
Kami Bay Batik Workshop, Exhibition and Fashion Show 2021 $1,000
Cameron Paul Brizzle Recording an Album $500
Fergus Morunga Creating a Movie Premiere $300
  Total $44,557
Applicant  Project Title Funding Received 
James Simpson Macphail The Small Hall Live Music Sessions, 15 events across the Hastings district  $4,000.00
Joanna Kirsten Morris Connected - making connections across generations $3,000.00
Puti Lancaster Script development for a new verbatim theatre work $3,000.00
Kristyl Neho Confident Me - Our Stories, Our Voices $3,000.00
Hawkes's Bay Readers and Writers Charitable Trust A Progression of Poets $3,000.00
Joseph Rowntree Wesley Community Methodist Church Power Boxes - Art Work  $3,000.00
Hastings Art & Culture Trust 2021 Edible Fashion Awards & Associated Schools / Youth Outreach Programmes $3,000.00
Lily Frederikse Research and development for "Taikura" exhibition $2,820.00
Joseph William Dobson A Grand Adventure - hands-on piano experience in rural Schools  $2,800.00
Happenings and Activation Society of Hastings  FitS in Ya Pocket -  Fringe in the 'Stings new talent forum, $2,500.00
Rockquest Promotions Ltd Showquest 2021 - Hawke's Bay $2,372.00
Foto iwi Charitable Trust Foto iwi Zine - Printed magazine created by local young people  $2,160.00
Pakistan and Friends HB Association  Youth development through calligraphy, inks and mixed arts  $2,020.00
Larisa Kellett Lady Larisa & Band - video and production  $2,000.00
Eastern Screen Alliance Short Film Screenwriting Workshops $1,800.00
Hawke's Bay Soul Choir Choir Programme 2021 $1,650.00
Sam Handley Short Film Grateful Grapefruit $1,460.00
Institute of Registered Music Teachers Young Musician of the Year competition and concerts $1,300.00
The CanInspire Charitable Trust CanBead Workshops $940.00
Arts Inc Heretaunga HB Art Guide Counter Display Stands $700.00
Hawkes Bay Live Poets Society Guest Poets / Radio Broadcasts $500.00
Wine Country Quilts Wine Country Quilts Exhibition 2021 $478.00
  TOTAL ( including an extra $15,000 from Creative NZ)  $47,000.00
Applicant Project Title Funding Received
Summer in the Parks 10 Summer in the Parks and Jazz on the Village Green Events $4,000.00
Anthony Stretch Stretch Music Video $3,000.00
Waiohiki charitable trust Community Mural $3,000.00
V Hoy Spaceship Collective Wall Mural $2,999.00
Rezpect Dance Academy RDA - Next Level Dance Experience $2,907.00
Kaisen Charitable Trust Hawke's Bay Christmas At The Park 2020, Community Mural $2,500.00
Public Dreams Charitable Trust Illuminated Puppets at Fiesta of Lights $2,500.00
H.A.S.H Fringe In The Stings 2020, Family Programming $2,500.00
Arts Inc Heretaunga Hawke's Bay Art Guide 2021 $2,122.00
Art Hawkes Bay Incorporated Art Hawkes Bay Exhibition $2,000.00
Jo Morris Connected $1,800.00
Steez Fitter Streetwear Steez Fitter Streetwear Exhibition $1,517.00
Hastings Choral Society The Childhood of Christ $1,500.00
Hawke's Bay Soul Choir Choir Programme 2020/21 $1,500.00
Katja Starke Lockdown Laundry – Air Your Memories $970.00
Lee Bruce Gaylor Lee Gaylors Fine Arts Fire Sale $285.00
  TOTAL $35,100.00

National Youth Drama School

8-day Performing Arts Workshops for 14-18 year old


Stars in Clive’s Eyes

Stars in Clives Eyes - Adult variety concert


Hastings Art & Culture Trust

2020 Edible Fashion Awards


Happenings & Activation Society of Hastings

FiTS in your Pocket


Louisa Tuipulotu

Pasifika Dance Classes


Deco Bay Brass Incorporated

Central and Wellington Districts Brass Band Contest


Pauline Ellen Hayes

Script Development for "Sita Unsung"


Kristyl Neho

Confident Me


Nga Toi Hawke’s Bay

Ngā Toi Hawke’s Bay ArtReach Workshops and Sector Hui


IHC New Zealand Incorporated

Photography and Drama Workshops Project


UKU Clay Hawkes Bay

UKU Clay HB National Ceramic Award 2020


Foto iwi ( Photo iwi Charitable Trust)

Foto iwi Creative Workshop


NZ Music Managers Forum

Upskilling Seminar - How to Promote and Market Your Music


Anthony Wiremu Richard Stretch

Stretch - Album #2


Napier Civic Choir incorporated



Campbell Tamahina Burns

“PLAYSPACE – Sound Exploration”


Creative Fibre Hawke's Bay

Creative Fibre Hawke's Bay biannual  exhibition and sale of work






Summer in the Parks

Summer in the parks an jazz on the green



Fringe in the Stings


Hastings City Business Association

Christmas launch and night market


Arts Hawke's Bay

Arts Hawke's Bay Exhibition 2020


Public Dreames Trust

Niho Taniwha Shark Teeth Light Installation


Nga Toi HB

Art Reach Workshop and Sector Hui


Pauline Hayes

Chlorination Street


Hastings Choral Society




Billy Lids Holiday Fest


Kaisen Trust

Christmas In the Park


Teresa Woodham

As The Day Draws In Stage Two


Krystal Neho

Maia Me


The Hook

The Hook TV


Arts inc Heretaunga

Hawkes Bay Arts Guide


Maraekakaho School

Wild Flower Sculpture Exhibition


HB Indian Cultural Centre

MADDE for the cause 2020


Hastings City Business Association

Summer Arts Deco in Hastings City


Little Dog Barking

The Pond Tour


Hastings City Business Association

Chinese New Year Night Market


Hastings City Business Association

Pacifica Night Market


Hanley Productions

DREAM Hastings


Wardini Books

HB five Sentence Fiction


Heretaunga Womens Centre

Mosaic Beautification and Art Project


Presbyterian Support

Mosaic Art Exhibition


Henry Joseph Rowntree

Camberley Kura Mural Project


Hawkes Bay Live Poets Society

Live Poetry in Hastings


Photo Kiwi Charitiable Trust

School Holiday Workshop


Leah Baterbonia

Basic Filipino Language and Culture Class






National Youth Drama School Trust

NYDS 2019


Hastings Arts & Culture Trust

Edible Fashion Awards 2019


Hawke’s Bay Readers & Writers Trust

Hawke’s Bay Readers & Writers Festival 2019


Hastings City Business Association

Matariki Night Market


Teresa Woodham

As The Day Draws In


NZ Suzuki Institute - HB Branch

Suzuki Youth Musical Workshop


Piping & Dancing Association of NZ

Hawke’s Bay Easter Highland Games


Cameron Jones

High Rise


Hanley Productions

D.R.E.A.M Hastings


Hawke’s Bay Tongan Youth Group

Tongan Language Week


Rose Chapman

Duart House History


Wine Country Quilts

Wine Country Quilts 2020 Exhibition


ZEAL Education Trust

Versus Talent Quest


Out East Creative Ltd

Introduction to the 'Viewpoints' for Hawke’s Bay theatre practitioners


Napier Civic Choir

Napier Civic Choir Concert Weekend



Variety Performance Drama Workshops Project


Massey Branch - Drama NZ

Dare To Devise (48 Hr Theatre Workshop)


Keirunga Book Arts Group

Beyond Books







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