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Innovation Fund

The Cultural Sector Innovation Fund 

This fund is now closed. View list of funding recipients.

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. The Innovation Fund was delivered through a new approach to arts funding: a nationwide event series called Te Urungi: Innovating Aotearoa.  

Individuals and organisations could apply for:  

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

Manatū Taonga delivered 17 Te Urungi events across Aotearoa, receiving 529 applications to the Innovation Fund. Just over $32.7 million was awarded to 185 projects across Aotearoa.

View list of funding recipients

Updated on 10th August 2023