Te Tahua Whakakaha | Cultural Sector Capability Fund

Ngā pātai me ngā whakautu | Questions and Answers


If your question isn’t answered below, please email the team at [email protected].

We’ll continue to update this list with commonly asked questions. You can find the latest questions below.

  1. When can cultural sector leadership organisations apply for round one of the Capability Fund?
  2. How do cultural sector leadership organisations submit an application? 
  3. Why are you seeking applications from cultural sector leadership organisations in round one?
  4. What do you mean by cultural sector leadership organisation?
  5. Can iwi/hāpu/marae apply?
  6. Can I form a new cultural sector leadership organisation to apply for funding?
  7. What do you mean by ‘established leadership organisation’?
  8. I am part of an informal network or collective of cultural sector organisations, who take a joint leadership role. Can we apply? 
  9. Do you allow joint applications from two or more cultural sector leadership organisations?
  10. Do you allow joint applications from a cultural sector leadership organisation partnering with organisations who do not meet the criteria for this funding round?
  11. Can I get a cultural sector leadership organisation to make an application on my behalf?
  12. Can individual organisations or businesses apply directly for capability funding that only benefits them and the people they employ?
  13. Is my leadership organisation part of the cultural sector?
  14. Are central and local government agencies eligible for this fund?
  15. I’m not a member of a leadership organisation. How do I apply for capability funding?
  16. Should I apply for project or seed funding?
  17. If I receive seed funding, how long do I have to submit my application for project funding?
  18. Who will make decisions on which applications are funded?
  19. How will you prioritise applications during the evaluation and decision-making process?
  20. Will all successful applicants receive the full amount requested? 
  21. When will I find out if my application is successful?
  22. When will I receive funding?
  23. My organisation has or may receive funding from other sources for this project. Are we eligible to apply?
  24. Can I make more than one application in round one?
  25. If I apply in round one, am I eligible to apply again in future rounds for a different project?
  26. When will round two open?
  27. How was the cultural sector involved in designing the Capability Fund?
  28. When will the CARE Fund and the Innovation Fund open?
  29. Can Creative New Zealand investment clients apply for this funding?
  30. Can academic or research institutes or organisations apply for this funding?
  31. Are capital projects eligible?
  32. Does my project need to have national coverage?
  33. If I receive funding from the Capability Fund, can I still apply for funding from the CARE and Innovation funds?
  34. Can I apply for seed funding for one idea and project funding for a second idea in round one?
  35. The guidance states that projects must be completed within 18 months – would a longer-term project be considered if it could become self-sufficient within 18 months? 
  36. Can organisations that don’t meet the definition of a cultural sector leadership organisation apply, if they provide capability development in specific skills that are in demand by the sector?
  37. Is the first round capped at a certain amount and/or number of projects? 
  38. Can we attach any information in addition to the two-page description for a seed funding application or the ten-page detailed proposal for a project funding application to support our response to question 5.3 on the application form?
  39. Is there a required timeframe for how recent references need to be?

1) When can cultural sector leadership organisations apply for round one of the Capability Fund?

Round one of the Capability Fund is now open. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 9 February 2021. Please note: late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

2) How do cultural sector leadership organisations submit an application? 

You can email your application to [email protected] or post to Ministry for Culture & Heritage, PO Box 5364, Wellington 6140.

Emailed applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, 9 February 2021. Posted applications must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, 9 February 2021.

If you are emailing your application, please attach a single scanned copy or a Microsoft Word or PDF version of your typed application, rather than photographs/images of the individual pages. 

3) Why are you seeking applications from cultural sector leadership organisations in round one?

The first round provides funding for cultural sector leadership organisations to deliver projects that build the capability of the individuals and/or organisations they support or represent. 

Many individuals, organisations and businesses in the sector are represented by, or associated with, a leadership organisation which means they can benefit from projects delivered through this funding.

By focusing on these leadership organisations, we’re aiming to leverage existing connections and expertise and encourage collaboration to benefit a wide group of organisations and individuals.

After round one, Manatū Taonga will review the settings and may refine the approach for future funding rounds. 

4) What do you mean by cultural sector leadership organisation?

“Leadership” can be broadly defined, and can be provided in many different ways, but for the purposes of this funding round, we’re seeking applications from cultural sector organisations that collectively represent and support practitioners or organisations within an artform or industry, cultural or community group, or specific region.

These leadership organisations should be seeking to lead projects that build the capability of the individuals and/or organisations they support and represent.

We’re not seeking applications from organisations seeking to lead projects that only benefit their own organisation and/or people they employ.  

Read the Application guide and our self-assessment guidance for more details.  

5) Can iwi/hāpu/marae apply?

Yes, we encourage iwi, hāpu and marae organisations to consider applying to the Capability Fund. 

6) Can I form a new cultural sector leadership organisation to apply for funding?

No, only established leadership organisations can apply. We expect you will have a track record of representing and supporting practitioners, businesses and organisations in the cultural sector.

By focusing on established leadership organisations, we’re aiming to leverage existing connections and expertise and encourage collaboration to benefit a wide group of organisations and individuals.  

7) What do you mean by ‘established leadership organisation’?

We expect you will have a track record of representing and supporting practitioners, businesses and organisations in the cultural sector. 

8) I am part of an informal network or collective of cultural sector organisations, who take a joint leadership role. Can we apply? 

If your network or collective has a track record of representing and supporting practitioners, businesses and organisations in the cultural sector, you can apply. You will need to select one legal entity from the collective to act as the lead organisation for the application and to enter into a contractual agreement if the funding application is successful.  

9) Do you allow joint applications from two or more cultural sector leadership organisations?

We encourage collaboration for greater collective benefit. You will need to select one legal entity to act as the lead organisation for the application and to enter into a contractual agreement if the funding application is successful. 

10) Do you allow joint applications from a cultural sector leadership organisation partnering with organisations who do not meet the criteria for this funding round?

We encourage collaboration for greater collective benefit. In round one, applications must be submitted by a cultural sector leadership organisation. However, other organisations may be involved in developing and delivering the project.  

11) Can I get a cultural sector leadership organisation to make an application on my behalf?

A cultural sector leadership organisation may make an application that will benefit you or your organisation as well as others with similar needs. 

12) Can individual organisations or businesses apply directly for capability funding that only benefits them and the people they employ?

No, for this round, we’re only seeking applications from cultural sector leadership organisations to lead projects that build the capability of the individuals and/or organisations they support and represent.

We’re not seeking applications from organisations seeking to lead projects that only benefit their own organisation and/or people they employ. 

After round one, Manatū Taonga will review the settings and may refine the approach for future funding rounds. 

13) Is my leadership organisation part of the cultural sector?

The cultural sector can be broadly defined but, for the purposes of this funding round, we mean all artforms, heritage initiatives and important cultural infrastructure. Read the Application guide for more details and examples.

Note: organisations in related creative industries such as architecture, commercial photography, game development, commercial design, fashion, news media and journalism are not eligible to apply. 

14) Are central and local government agencies eligible for this fund?

No. This fund is not intended for central or local government agencies. Council-owned organisations are eligible if they otherwise meet the definition of a cultural sector leadership organisation.  

15) I’m not a member of a leadership organisation. How do I apply for capability funding?

In the first round, we’re seeking applications from cultural sector leadership organisations as they are well-placed to deliver projects that build the capability of the individuals and/or organisations they support or represent. 

Many individuals, organisations and businesses in the sector are represented by, or associated with, a leadership organisation, which means they can benefit from projects delivered through this funding.

By focusing on these leadership organisations, we’re aiming to leverage existing connections and expertise and encourage collaboration to benefit a wider group of organisations and individuals.

You may want to connect with a leadership organisation that supports or represents your industry or artform, cultural or community group, or specific region to discuss your capability needs.

Please note that after round one, Manatū Taonga will review the settings and may refine the approach for future funding rounds.

If there is not a leadership organisation that could support or represent you, please let us know so we can take that into consideration for future rounds. Email us at [email protected] with your name, contact information and situation. 

16) Should I apply for project or seed funding?

You should apply for seed funding if you need support to develop an idea into an application for project funding. This could include funding to allow you to engage with your community to understand their needs.

You should apply for project funding if you’re ready to get started on a project and you can provide a detailed proposal now.  

The application forms for seed funding and project funding are different. Read the Application guide first to make sure you select the right one. 

17) If I receive seed funding, how long do I have to submit my application for project funding?

Recipients of seed funding will be expected to submit an application for project funding within three or six months of payment. Please factor this timing into your planning and specify in your application which timeframe you will meet.

Exact dates for future rounds will be confirmed after round one closes. If you receive seed funding and it looks like you will be unable to submit an application for project funding, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss next steps. 

18) Who will make decisions on which applications are funded?

Applications will be evaluated by a panel, administered by Manatū Taonga and including members with sector knowledge and expertise. Based on the evaluation panel recommendations, decisions on the allocation of funding will be made by Manatū Taonga. 

19) How will you prioritise applications during the evaluation and decision-making process?

Higher priority will be given to applications that demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • collaboration and/or collective benefit
  • benefit to regions and communities outside of the main centres
  • benefit to independent artists or practitioners
  • benefit to Māori.

Read the Application guide for more details.  

20) Will all successful applicants receive the full amount requested? 

The panel will consider applications against the fund outcomes and priorities and may make a recommendation to award a different level of funding than the amount applied for. Any proposed changes to the funding amount requested would be discussed with the applicant to confirm next steps.  

21) When will I find out if my application is successful?

We expect to communicate decisions to applicants in April 2021. We’ll keep applicants updated on progress and any changes to timing.

22) When will I receive funding?

We expect to make payments in May 2021. We’ll keep applicants updated on progress and any changes to timing.   

23) My organisation has or may receive funding from other sources for this project. Are we eligible to apply?

If your project has received funding from any of the following sources it will not be eligible:

Please let us know in your project budget if you have received, or expect to receive, funding from any other source.

24) Can I make more than one application in round one?

No, eligible applicants can apply only once in each round. If your proposal covers multiple projects, please include these in one application.  

25) If I apply in round one, am I eligible to apply again in future rounds for a different project?

Yes, if you otherwise meet the criteria for the funding round, you can make an application for a different capability project.  

26) When will round two open?

Exact dates will be confirmed after round one closes. Sign up to our e-newsletter for updates about future rounds.  

27) How was the cultural sector involved in designing the Capability Fund?

Manatū Taonga engaged with the sector on the draft approach for the Capability Fund in September 2020 via an online survey and targeted focus groups.  

The feedback we received confirmed the purpose and scope of the Capability Fund and informed refinements to the fund outcomes, more targeted eligibility settings, and the development of funding priorities and delivery settings. 

28) When will the CARE Fund and the Innovation Fund open?

Work on the other initiatives that make up Te Tahua Whakamarohi i te Rāngai Ahurea | Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund continues to progress.

Te Tahua Whakahaumaru | Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund is expected to open in early 2021 and Te Tahua Āki Auahatanga | Cultural Sector Innovation Fund shortly afterwards. 

29) Can Creative New Zealand investment clients apply for this funding? 

Creative New Zealand investment clients are not excluded from applying for this funding, if the organisation otherwise meets the criteria.

30) Can academic or research institutes or organisations apply for this funding?

No, individual academic or research organisations would not be considered to be cultural sector leadership organisations for the purpose of this funding round.

Applications must be submitted by a cultural sector leadership organisation, but other organisations may be involved in developing and delivering the project. For example, a cultural sector leadership organisation could apply for funding for a partner in academia to conduct research, if the information that will be gained delivers enhanced capability in line with fund outcomes.

More information about what we will fund in terms of research is available on page 8 of the Application guide

31) Are capital projects eligible?

We will not support applications for funding for major capital works (e.g. new building projects or significant building works). Minor capital works will be considered on a case by case basis. 

32) Does my project need to have national coverage?

There are no requirements for projects to have national coverage – regional or local projects are in scope. Note that applications that demonstrate benefit to regions and communities outside of the main centres will be prioritised. 

33) If I receive funding from the Capability Fund, can I still apply for funding from the CARE and Innovation funds?

Receiving funding from the Capability Fund won’t impact your eligibility to apply for the Innovation Fund or Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund, if you otherwise meet the criteria when these funds open. 

34) Can I apply for seed funding for one idea and project funding for a second idea in round one?

Eligible applicants can apply once in each round, which means organisations will have to choose between making a seed funding application or a project funding application. 

35) The guidance states that projects must be completed within 18 months – would a longer-term project be considered if it could become self-sufficient within 18 months?

The timeframe takes into account the limited lifespan of the Capability Fund. This means that activity the cultural sector leadership organisation is seeking funding for needs to be completed within 18 months and the agreed outcomes demonstrated. However, non-Ministry funded activity could continue after that point. 

36) Can organisations that don’t meet the definition of a cultural sector leadership organisation apply, if they provide capability development in specific skills that are in demand by the sector?

No, in round one, applications must be submitted by a cultural sector leadership organisation. However, other organisations may be involved in developing and delivering the project, including those providing capability development in specific skills that are in demand by the sector. 

37) Is the first round capped at a certain amount and/or number of projects?

The funding available is $12 million through to 30 June 2022 so there will be additional funding available in the 2021/22 Financial Year. There isn’t a limit on the number of projects funded in round one, but there is a limit of one application in this round by any one cultural sector leadership organisation. 

38) Can we attach any information in addition to the two-page description for a seed funding application or the ten-page detailed proposal for a project funding application to support our response to question 5.3 on the application form?

No, in response to question 5.3, a maximum of two pages can be submitted for a seed funding application and a maximum of ten pages can be submitted for a project funding application. No additional material can be accepted, which means all relevant information will need to be included within the two-or ten-page limit.  

39) Is there a required timeframe for how recent references need to be?

We don’t have a specific limit on the timeframe for references, but would note that the purpose is to demonstrate that you have support from your community to produce this project and that you have the capability to deliver the project. As such, references relating directly to this project may be stronger, but applicants will be best placed to judge whether the reference provides relevant support for your application. 

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Updated on 14th January 2021