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Regeneration Fund

Te Tahua Whakamarohi i te Rāngai Ahurea
Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund

Expressions of Interest are open until 7 September. Use the Outcomes Questionnaire before applying via the Manatū Taonga online portal

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About this fund

Toi tipu, toi aweawe! 
Grow the world of arts, so we may be inspired by the world of arts!

The Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund is designed to support the arts, culture and heritage sectors to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, and help the sector thrive in the future. We’re looking to find and fund strategic, sector-led initiatives, that will have lasting benefits for arts, culture, and heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Regeneration Fund replaces planned funding rounds of the Capability Fund, Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund and the Innovation Fund with a single outcome-focused approach, making it easier for people to apply.

The fund has five outcomes:

  • Improved sustainability and resilience of the arts, culture and heritage sectors
  • Improved safeguarding of Mātauranga Māori and support of Toi Māori
  • Improved access and participation in arts, culture and heritage sectors
  • Increased the use of arts, culture and heritage as a tool to improve wellbeing
  • Increased employment and skill development opportunities.

There is currently $28 million available to support initiatives that have the strongest potential to contribute toward these outcomes. Read the announcement here.

Understanding our whakataukī

Toi tipu, toi aweawe! 
Whakatipuria te ao toi, kia whakaaweawe i a tatou, i te ao toi! 

I kōwhiria ēnei kupu hei akiaki i ngā ringatoi me te hapori o ngā toi kia whakatōkia haerehia ngā kākano o te auahatanga ki roto i ō rātou ao. Mā te pēnei e whai wāhi ai te iwi ki ngā pūkenga o ngā kaimahi toi, ngā tohunga toi te hapori ringatoi, me ngā taonga ā ngā tīpuna hei whakaawenga kia toitū ngā mahi toi, āke, ake, ake.  

Toi tipu, toi aweawe! 
Grow the world of arts, so we may be inspired by the world of arts! 

These words were chosen to encourage those within the arts, culture and heritage communities to continue to plant the seeds of creativity in their chosen fields. By doing this, our communities can nurture our shared creativity in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as acknowledge and understand the gifts passed down by our ancestors to inspire our cultural regeneration. 

Read the guide online

Key information for applicants

Online information sessions

These sessions will cover a brief overview of the Regeneration Fund, Fund Outcomes and Expression of Interest process, followed by breakout room question and answer sessions where you can ask questions in small groups. 

Thursday 11 August, 3-3.45pm.
Friday 19 August, 11-11.45am.
Monday 22 August, 11-11.45am.
Monday 29 August, 10-10.45am.


We will be adding more sessions as needed. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on the Fund and additional Q+A sessions. 

Recorded sessions

The webinar on 28 July (recording below) covered an overview of the Fund including the application process, using the Outcomes Questionnaire and what projects the Fund is best suited for. The session was NZSL interpreted and has English subtitles available. A recording can be viewed below: 

The previous 12 July Information Session was also recorded and was NZSL interpreted. Watch the session hereDownload a PDF of the slides from this information session. 

Sign up to receive updates

We publish regular newsletters which cover updates about Manatū Taonga funds and activities.

Sign up to the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme newsletter 

Previous newsletters:

Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund - opens today - 27 July
Regeneration Fund questions answered - 15 July
Special Edition: Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund  announcement - 5 July

You can also see updates on our social media channels.

Contact us  

Email us with any questions about the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund or the application process: [email protected]   

Updated on 9th August 2022