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About the Creative Spaces initiative 

How was the cultural sector involved in designing the initiative? 

Manatū Taonga engaged with the sector on the draft approach for Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund in September 2020 via an online survey and targeted focus groups. The feedback we received and previous research on Creative Spaces helped shape the final design of the Fund.

What is Arts Access Aotearoa’s role? 

Manatū Taonga has contracted with Arts Access Aotearoa in recognition of their strong knowledge of the creative spaces sector and established relationships, to support applicants with the application process. They will work with funded creative spaces to share best practice and help them source longer-term sustainable funding, as well as to monitor and track performance on behalf of the Ministry.

Who was eligible for funding? 

The Creative Spaces initiative made funding available to creative spaces, that is organisations and 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.

What was funding for?

Funding was for new roles or additional hours for existing roles to expand the creative space's services beyond their existing participant base.

Assessing applications 

Who decides which applications were funded? 

Applications are evaluated by a panel, administered by Manatū Taonga which included members with sector knowledge and expertise. Manatū Taonga considered the panel’s recommendations before making final decisions.

How were applications prioritsed during the evaluation and decision-making process?

We prioritised funding for creative spaces that: 

  • work with high needs communities where comparable services are limited 
  • would extend access to services for Māori and Pacific peoples and
  • could demonstrate that Manatū Taonga’s funding would not disrupt or result in the withdrawal of existing funding.  

Receiving funding 

When will I receive funding? 

We expect to make payments to successful round two applicants from September 2021. We will keep applicants updated on progress and any changes to timing.

Future of the initiative

Will this funding continue after three years?

The Creative Spaces initiative is funded for three years only at this time.   

Manatū Taonga has contracted with Arts Access Aotearoa to work with creative spaces to help them develop and grow their capability, including developing partnerships, sourcing longer-term sustainable funding, and sharing good practice within the Creative Spaces Network.

Will there be anymore funding rounds?

No, there will be no more funding rounds. Two funding rounds were held in 2021: the first closed on 24 March and the second closed on 1 June.

Support on training and development will be available to the Creative Spaces sector in the coming years. Look out for more information coming soon about this.

Updated on 17th August 2021