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Arts and Culture Covid Recovery Programme

COVID-19 presented unprecedented challenges for Aotearoa which hit the cultural sector particularly hard. As part of the COVID-19 Recovery Budget, the Government made a landmark investment to help ensure the sector not only survives – it adapts and thrives.  

The Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme, announced in May 2020, included more than 25 initiatives designed to deliver short-term relief as well as longer-term support for the sector.   

Manatū Taonga led the suite of initiatives in partnership with funded agencies and sector stakeholders, to deliver the total of $495 million over four years. This included both short-term relief and emergency relief to respond to the Delta and Omicron outbreaks.   

Recent newsletters:

Current funds

There are no more funding opportunities available for Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme initiatives.  

Other Funding opportunities are available such as Creative New Zealand’s various funds and opportunities, or Lottery Grants available via Community Matters.  

The Ministry’s annual grants and awards are the only ongoing funding opportunities available from the Ministry. 

Te Tahua Whakamarohi i te Rāngai Ahurea 
Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund   

The Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund is designed to support the arts, culture and heritage sectors to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and thrive. It supports strategic, sector-led initiatives, that will have lasting benefits for arts, culture, and heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This fund is now closed. View the full list of initiatives funded through the Regeneration Fund here.

Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund 

Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku programme 

The Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku programme provides $24.5 million over three years to fund at least 18 diverse initiatives which will support iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities to safeguard at-risk mātauranga. 

Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku 

Previous funds and other initiatives

Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme 

Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund 

Innovation Fund

Cultural Sector Capability Fund       

Delta and Omicron response packages 

Other Initiatives 

Who got funded 

List of recipients by fund

Updated on 11th July 2023