COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges for Aotearoa. The cultural sector has been hit particularly hard. As part of the COVID-19 Recovery Budget, the Government made a landmark investment to help ensure the sector not only survives – it adapts and thrives.

The Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme announced in late May 2020 includes more than 25 initiatives designed to deliver short-term relief as well as longer-term support for the sector.

Manatū Taonga is leading a suite of initiatives in partnership with its funded agencies and sector stakeholders to deliver this $374 million of funding over four years. This funding includes both short-term relief, and longer-term support allowing people and organisations to survive, adapt and thrive. Read the Programme overview (PDF, 183KB).


Funding initiatives

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Cultural Sector Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund provides $60 million over three years to support innovative projects that improve the sustainability and resilience of the sector. Round one is being delivered through a nationwide events series, Te Urungi: Innovating Aotearoa.

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Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund

The CARE Fund provides $70 million over three years to create employment and training opportunities, ensure vital skills, talent and creative infrastructure are not lost, and maintain and expand public access to creative and cultural experiences.

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Cultural Sector Capability Fund

The Capability Fund provides $20 million over two years to support the cultural sector to adapt to the COVID-19 environment by funding activities that build skills and knowledge, and provide access to advice, services, tools and resources.

Other initiatives


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For all queries, please contact the Manatū Taonga team at [email protected]

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