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Capability Fund

Te Tahua Whakakaha  
The Cultural Sector Capability Fund 

This fund is now closed

The Cultural Sector Capability Fund was designed to support the cultural sector to adapt to the COVID-19 environment by funding projects that build skills and knowledge, and provide access to advice, services, tools and resources.  

Funding was available to cultural sector leadership organisations to deliver projects that build the capability of the cultural sector practitioners, organisations and/or businesses they represent and support. This includes iwi, hapū and marae organisations.  

Applications for this fund closed in February 2021.  

Through this fund 39 organisations received a total of $5.9 million in support. 20 organisations received seed funding of $20,000 and 19 received project funding.  

View list of funding recipients  

Future of the Cultural Sector Capability Fund 

The Cultural Sector Capability Fund was one of three original delivery funds for the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund. The others were the Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund and the Cultural Sector Innovation Fund

In June 2022 it was announced that the remaining funding from the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund would be delivered as a single fund. This revised Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund combines the outcomes of the three previously separate funds. 

Organisations who received seed funding through the Capability Fund are encouraged to review the details for the revised Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund, which provides an avenue for further funding to support capability building initiatives. 

An overview of the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund is now available. It opens for applications on 27 July 2022.

Updated on 5th July 2022