Ngā wāhi Auaha
Creative Spaces initiative

Mā te ahurea me te toiora e tautīnei ake
Culture and art will uplift those in need

He kupu motuhake te tautīnei mō te tautāwhi ā-ringa i tētahi e mate ana. I konei, kua riro mā te ahurea me ngā toi tēnei tangata e tautīnei ake ā-hinengaro, ā-wairua anō hoki. 

The word tautīnei specifically means to physically support or hold up one who is in need. In this instance, it is culture and the arts that is uplifting the person emotionally and spiritually.


Kei tēnei whārangi
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Ngā tūāoma
Milestones 

Round One

  • Round one opened: 24 February 2021.
  • Round one closed: noon on Wednesday 24 March 2021.
  • Round one decisions communicated to applicants: from late April 2021.
  • Round one payments: from May 2021. 

Round Two

  • Round two opens: expected to open in early May 2021. 

Whakapā mai ki a mātou
Contact us

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

Subscribe for Updates

You can sign up to our e-newsletter for updates about these and other funding rounds in the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme. 

Mō te kaupapa o Wāhi Auaha
About the Creative Spaces initiative 

The Creative Spaces initiative is part of Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund. It aims to: 

  • increase participation in creative activities for people experiencing barriers to participation
  • create employment for creative professionals. 

Manatū Taonga is seeking applications from creative spaces, that is organisations or groups whose primary purpose is to provide access to art-making activities and creative expression for people who experience barriers to participation. 

Barriers to participation include intellectual or physical disabilities, neurological conditions, mental illness, age-related vulnerability (seniors or youth), cultural or social isolation or poverty. 

Two Funding Rounds

There will be two funding rounds: the first round closed at noon on Wednesday 24 March 2021, and a second later round will be available, and expected to open in early May, for creative spaces needing more time or support to apply. The funding criteria is the same for both rounds. 

Funding Available

Creative spaces can apply for funding for new roles or additional hours for existing roles to expand the organisation’s services beyond its existing client base. 

Creative spaces can receive up to $150,000 a year for three years. 

Additional, separate funding will be available for training and development – look out for more information coming soon about this.

Support from Arts Access Aotearoa

Manatū Taonga has partnered with Arts Access Aotearoa to provide support to creative spaces with their applications and work with funded creative spaces to share best practice and help them source longer-term sustainable funding. 

Creative spaces can contact Arts Access Aotearoa directly at [email protected].


Mō te wāhanga tuatahi
About round one 

Round one closed at noon on Wednesday 24 March 2021. 

We expect to communicate round one decisions to applicants from late April 2021 and start making payments from May 2021. 


Mō te wāhanga tuarua
About round two 

Round two is aimed at creative spaces that need more time and support to apply and is expected to open in early May. The funding criteria will be the same as it was in round one. 

Creative spaces can contact Arts Access Aotearoa at [email protected] for support with their application.

You can sign up to our e-newsletter for updates about round two. 

An organisation can apply for funding in round two for a funding option they did not apply for in round one, or submit an improved application that was unsuccessful in round one. Please note that an organisation cannot receive more than $150,000 a year in total from the Creative Spaces initiative. An organisation cannot apply again in round two for a funding option that was successful in round one. 


Mō Te Tahua Whakahaumaru
About Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund

The Creative Spaces initiative is part of Te Ahurea me te Toiora Culture and Wellbeing funding stream within Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund.  

The CARE Fund is designed 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.

The CARE Fund is part of the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme led by Manatū Taonga.

More information


Whakapā mai ki a mātou
Contact us 

Creative spaces with questions about eligibility or needing support to apply should contact Arts Access Aotearoa directly at [email protected]

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


Updated on 22nd April 2021