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Te Tahua Whakahaumaru  
Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund 

This fund is now closed

The CARE Fund was designed to support the cultural sector to adapt to the COVID-19 environment by funding projects that enhance access to, and participation in, the cultural sector and create employment and skill development opportunities. It included some contestable initiatives as well as projects in partnership with other agencies. Projects funded through CARE are underway and will continue to 2024.  

Ngā Wāhi Auaha  
The Creative Spaces initiative   

The Creative Spaces initiative is designed to increase participation in creative activities for people experiencing barriers to participation and create employment for creative professionals. Funding was available for organisations or groups providing access to art-making activities and creative expression for people who experience barriers to participation, which include: 

  • intellectual or physical disabilities 
  • neurological conditions or mental illness 
  • age-related vulnerability (seniors or youth) 
  • cultural or social isolation or poverty. 

Creative spaces could apply for up to $150,000 a year, for a total of up to $450,000 in total over the three years. Through two rounds of funding, 54 organisations received a total of $17.12 million.   
View list of funding recipients

Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea  
Cultural Activators Pilot  

The Cultural Activators Pilot funded cultural activators in eight communities for a year to increase access and participation in cultural activities.  

Established cultural sector practitioners collaborate with their communities to tell their stories, build their creative skills, and connect them with opportunities in the wider cultural sector.  

Through this fund, eight organisations were funded a total of $1.44 million to host eight activators. 

View list of host organisations  

Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa  
Cultural Installations and Events  

Cultural Installations and Events was designed to create employment and skill development opportunities for cultural practitioners and allow more people to participate in our cultural sector.  

Funding was for free events in easy to access spaces people regularly go or are easy to discover, such as community hubs, shopping malls, parks, beaches, marae, churches, reserves, or along a waterfront.  

Through this fund, 73 installations and events received a total of $1.209 million. 

View list of funding recipients 

The planned round two of Cultural Installations and Events will no longer go ahead. 

Future of the CARE Fund 

There are no further rounds of the CARE Fund initiatives planned.  

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

To provide support for the cultural sector in light of the Delta and Omicron outbreaks, some adjustments were made to the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund and funding reprioritised to emergency funding initiatives. 

In July 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.

Updated on 13th December 2022