Cross-sector initiatives

There are a range of initiatives within the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme designed to deliver cross-sector support.


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Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund

The Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund comprises three new cross-sector initiatives with a longer-term focus: The Cultural Sector Capability Fund, the Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund and the Cultural Sector Innovation Fund.

Collectively, these three initiatives provide $150 million in support for the cultural sector to create new employment and skill development opportunities, promote innovation and enhance New Zealanders access to inspiring cultural experiences.

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, engaged with the sector on our draft approach for the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund in September.

Read a summary of the themes from the feedback we received:

The feedback we received informed the detailed design of the funds (see below for details).


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Cultural Sector Capability Fund

The Cultural Sector Capability Fund supports 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. 

This fund makes available $20 million over two years. This includes:

  • $12 million over two years in a contestable fund managed by Manatū Taonga
  • $8 million over two years ($2 million each) that has already been allocated to national cultural funding agencies – Creative New Zealand, NZ Film Commission, NZ Music Commission and NZ On Air – to enable them to support capability in their part of the sector.

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Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund

The Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund will 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.

This fund makes available $70 million in contestable funding through a range of initiatives over three years. It is being developed and managed directly by Manatū Taonga.

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Cultural Sector Innovation Fund

The Cultural Sector Innovation Fund provides $60 million over three years to support innovative projects that improve the sustainability and resilience of the sector. This fund will include a strong focus on supporting projects that encourage the protection, transmission and retention of Mātauranga Māori.  

This fund is being developed and managed directly by Manatū Taonga.


Creative Careers Service

A new Creative Careers Service is being piloted in Auckland, Waikato and Nelson.

Manatū Taonga and the Ministry for Social Development (MSD) partnered to design the service. It is being delivered by contracted providers from the creative sector.

The free service is open to MSD creative job seekers, recent creative graduates outside the benefit system, and established creative sector workers who have lost income due to COVID-19. It aims to develop participants skills and knowledge in the non-creative skills needed to gain employment or to grow and thrive in the creative sector. 

$7.9 million of planned funding will enable the pilot to run in three regions over four years.

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  • For more information, including full eligibility and contact details for local providers, visit the Work and Income website.
  • See the media release from the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni.
  • Auckland providers are Depot Artspace, Ngahere Communities and The Big Idea. Creative Waikato is providing the Waikato service. The Nelson Chamber of Commerce is providing the service in Nelson and Golden Bay.

Creatives in Schools

Creatives in Schools supports artists and creative practitioners to partner with schools and kura to share their specialist skills and knowledge with students.

An additional $4 million over four years was allocated to this programme through Budget 2020.

This initiative is delivered by the Ministry of Education working in partnership with Manatū Taonga and Creative New Zealand. More information is available on the Ministry of Education website.


Updated on 23rd June 2021