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Regeneration Fund overview

Te Tahua Whakamarohi i te Rāngai Ahurea
Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund

The third public feedback opportunity is now closed.

On this page:

Where we’re at 

There are four Rounds of the Regeneration Fund. Here’s where we’re at.  

Expressions of Interest for the Regeneration Fund have closed. If you submitted an Expression of Interest, head here to find out your next steps.   

Round Two is now complete. Read the press release for the announcement or view the full list of initiatives funded through the Regeneration Fund here.

After Round One, the Panel set the following precedents and created some guidance for applicants about the outcomes of the Fund. These were re-confirmed after Round Two.

Fund precedents and guidance.

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.

The Regeneration Fund began with $28 million available to support initiatives that have the strongest potential to contribute toward these outcomes. Round One distributed $3 million of this to the first tranche of initiatives. Read the related announcement about the fund.

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

Expressions of Interest for the Regeneration Fund are now closed. Below are some key links for people or organisations that submitted an application:

Recorded information sessions

Manatū Taonga hosted a series of online information sessions about the Regeneration Fund, Fund Outcomes and Expression of Interest process. The information sessions have now concluded, however any questions can be emailed to [email protected]. There are also two recordings available for viewing, below:

Both sessions were NZSL interpreted and have English subtitles available. 

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:

Round 3 Regeneration Fund feedback now live - 7 March 2023
Cyclone Gabrielle update - 16 February 2023
Arts and Culture Covid Recovery - 3 February 2023
Special bulletin: Round Two recipients announced - 21 December 2022
Introducing Laulu Mac Leauanae - 24 November 2022
Feedback flooding in for Regeneration Round 2 - 10 November 2022
Regeneration Fund: First round of recipients announced - 28 October 2022
Promising start to Regeneration Fund sector feedback - 7 October 2022
Regeneration Fund feedback opportunity closes - 26 September 2022
Special bulletin: COVID-19 Protection Framework ends - 13 September 2022
Regeneration Fund Expressions of Interest closing soon - 2 September 2022
Arts and Culture Covid Recovery - 26 August 2022
Regeneration Fund: Extra info sessions and tips - 19 August 2022
Arts and Culture Covid Recovery - 12 August 2022
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 20th March 2023