Mā ngā huruhuru, ka rere ai te manu
The bird who is adorned with feathers is able to fly

Te Tahua Whakakaha
Cultural Sector Capability Fund

The Capability Fund supports the cultural sector to adapt to the COVID-19 environment by funding projects that build skills and knowledge, and provide access to advice, services, tools and resources.

Funding is available to cultural sector leadership organisations to deliver projects that build the capability of the cultural sector practitioners, organisations and/or businesses they represent and support. This includes iwi, hapū and marae organisations.

Questions and answers on the Capability Fund


Mō te wāhanga tuatahi 
About round one 

Applications for round one closed in February 2021.

Cultural sector leadership organisations could apply for:

  • Up to $20,000 of seed funding
  • Up to $750,000 of project funding.

View list of funding recipients

Mo te wāhanga tuarua
About round two

Applications for round two are expected to open in early November 2021.

Cultural sector leadership organisations can apply for up to $400,000 of project funding. Following high levels of demand in the first funding round, this approach is designed to achieve wide benefit across the sector.

Read an overview of the Capability Fund round two

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Whakapā mai ki a mātou
Contact us

For all queries, please contact the Manatū Taonga team at: [email protected]