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Innovation Fund

The Cultural Sector Innovation Fund 


This fund is now closed



The Cultural Sector Innovation Fund was designed to support innovative projects that improve the sustainability and resilience of the sector, provide commercial opportunities, and improve access and participation.  

Innovative projects that met one or more of these outcomes and safeguard Mātauranga Maori were also a focus of the fund. Round one of the Innovation Fund was delivered through a new approach to arts funding: a nationwide event series called Te Urungi: Innovating Aotearoa.  

Applications for the fund closed in June 2022.  

Individuals and organisations could apply for:  

  • Seed funding of $20,000 
  • Project funding.  

As of June 2022, Manatū Taonga has received 530 applications to the Innovation Fund requesting a total of $324 million in funding. Almost $22 million has been awarded from the Innovation Fund to 146 projects across Aotearoa. (Funding decisions following Te Urungi events in Auckland, Kerikeri and Gisborne are expected to be announced in August.) 

View list of funding recipients

Future of the Cultural Sector Innovation Fund 

The Cultural Sector Innovation Fund was one of three original delivery funds for the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund. The others were the Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund and the Cultural Sector Capability Fund

In June 2022 it was announced that the remaining funding from the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund would be delivered as a single fund, combining the outcomes of the three previously separate funds. 

Organisations who received seed funding through round one of the Innovation Fund are encouraged to review the details for the revised Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund, which may provide an avenue for further funding.   

An overview of the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund is now available. It opens for applications on 27 July 2022.   


Updated on 5th July 2022