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Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund — Organisations

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Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund — Organisations

Fund now closed

Update 27 May: The fund is now closed for new applications. We are still processing existing applications. 

The Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund - Organisations was part of the Government’s response to the Delta outbreak, recognising the significant impact on the arts, culture and heritage sector caused by COVID-19 and public health measures.

The original Fund allocation of $5 million was extended by $35.5 million in response to the Omicron outbreak and the move to Red for all of New Zealand. The limit on funding for individual organisations was increased from $100,000 to $300,000 and a one-off grant of $5,000 was made available to eligible self-employed individuals in the arts and cultural sector who lost income or opportunities to work. 

Find out more: Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund – Grant for Self-Employed Individuals 

The Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund – Organisations was available from 1 October 2021 until 26 May 2022.

At the time of closing 65 organisations were protected from imminent closure.

What was the Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund – Organisations? 

The Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund was a fund of last resort which provided support for organisations, including sole traders with employees, at risk of no longer operating viably by meeting the shortfall between income and expenses in the eight weeks following the date of application (or reapplication).

It supported organisations in danger of imminent collapse. One of the key criteria was that applying organisations are in a situation where, without financial support, an organisation would not be able to operate viably within eight weeks of their application.


This Fund was open to cultural sector organisations, including businesses and charities who have current legal status in New Zealand, and also to sole traders with a New Zealand Business Number. 

Cultural sector organisations are those who contribute to creating, presenting, protecting, and distributing arts, culture and heritage in any medium. News content and sports were not in scope for this funding. 


Subject to eligibility requirements and the availability of funds, the amount of funding available to each applicant was the shortfall between income (revenue) and eligible expenses (costs) over the eight-week period following their application (or reapplication). Organisations that received funding could apply for additional funding again at the end of eight week period. The maximum funding available for each applicant, over all applications, was up to $300,000. The fund was open from 1 October 2021 to 26 May 2022.

Updated on 20th June 2022