He tiro whānui ki Te Tahua Whakakaha (wāhanga tuarua)
Cultural Sector Capability Fund overview (round two)

Te Tahua Whakakaha 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.

Following round one, Manatū Taonga has reviewed the fund settings and refined our delivery approach for round two. Given the uncertainty created by alert levels restrictions responding to the Delta outbreak, and the need to focus immediate challenges, it is likely that Round two will now take place in early 2022. We expect this round to be the final Capability funding round.

Te Take

To support the cultural sector to develop capability to adapt and respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

Ngā Hua

Cultural sector practitioners, organisations and businesses are better able to:

  • plan and safely deliver activities to New Zealand audiences and customers during COVID-19 alert levels
  • plan and safely deliver activities to international audiences and customers during border restrictions
  • remain financially sustainable in a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 environment, and/or
  • adapt and continue practice of ngā toi Māori and tiaki taonga in a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 environment.

Applications must meet one or more of these outcomes to be considered.

Te Aronga

Funding will support projects that:

  • build skills and knowledge
  • provide access to external advice or services
  • provide access to tools and resources.

Te Whakaarotautanga

Higher priority will be given to applications that demonstrate:

  • collaboration and/or collective benefit
  • benefit to regions and communities outside of the main centres
  • benefit to independent artists or practitioners and/or
  • benefit to Māori.

Te Māraurautanga

Cultural sector leadership organisations, including:

  • guilds, societies, associations and other organisations that collectively represent and support practitioners, businesses and organisations within an industry or artform
  • organisations that collectively represent and support Māori arts, culture and heritage practitioners, businesses, groups and organisations; or another cultural/community group within the sector. This includes iwi, hapū and marae organisations. 
  • organisations that collectively represent and support arts, culture and heritage practitioners, organisations and businesses from a region or locality.

By targeting cultural sector leadership organisations, we aim to leverage existing connections and expertise and encourage collaboration to benefit a wide group of organisations and individuals within the sector.

Ngā Tono

Cultural sector leadership organisations can apply for project funding.

Up to $400,000 may be awarded. Following high levels of demand in the first funding round, this approach is designed to achieve wide benefit across the sector. 

Note: no seed funding is available in round two. Recipients of seed funding in round one will be expected to submit an application for project funding in round two.

Te Arotake me te Whakatau
Evaluation and decision-making

Applications will be evaluated by a panel, administered by Manatū Taonga and including members with sector knowledge and expertise. Based on the evaluation panel recommendations, decisions on the allocation of funding will be made by Manatū Taonga.  

Updated on 29th September 2021