Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund Announces First Tranche of Beneficiaries

Over $3 million in funding has been awarded to five cultural sector initiatives that have strong potential to bring lasting benefits to arts, culture and heritage in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The first recipients of the $28 million Te Tahua Whakamarohi i te Rāngai Ahurea Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund were announced today, after opening July 27 for expressions of interest. Three funding rounds remain to be announced before June 2023.

“The Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund will conclude the funding allocated by Manatū Taonga under the three-year Covid recovery program agreed by the Cabinet in 2020,” said Tumu Whakarae, Director General of Manatū Taonga, Ministry of Culture and Heritage , Laulu MacLeauanae.

“It is essential that this funding supports initiatives that will have lasting impact and improve outcomes for the arts, culture and heritage sectors and for the people of Aotearoa New Zealand over the coming years.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to support and work with the five organizations receiving funding in this first round of the Fund – and we look forward to seeing the impact the funding will have on the arts sectors, of culture and heritage, and the thousands of people who will benefit.”

The five recipients span cultural sectors, regional boundaries and community interests – all have been able to demonstrate the impact they will have in areas such as job creation, breaking down barriers to arts participation, skills development and support for long-term self-reliant resilience. . Successful initiatives are:

Oysters workshop: Up to $575,750 to provide an end-to-end business sustainability system enabling Maori and Pacific arts practitioners to access and benefit from local and international markets and build capacity through a proven development program .

creative waikato: Up to $725,000 to create, digitize and provide capacity building resources for artists, provide creative activation in regional communities and enable more creative practice of workplace wellbeing in broader communities across the region from Waikato.

Toro Tairawhiti Limited: Up to $786,000 to revitalize Mātauranga Māori by supporting the development of digital storytelling for approximately 30 marae and creating and testing cost-effective tools and techniques that marae can use to record and revitalize their mātauranga. Three trainees per marae will also be supported to build local capacity.

New Zealand Publishers Association Te Rau o Tākupu: Up to $495,150 to establish a self-sustaining New Zealand audiobook industry by increasing production of locally produced audiobooks.

Integrated human performance: Up to $492,070 to support the development of cultural infrastructure in preparation for the opening of MOVE; an innovative movement arts center located in Parakiore, Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Manatū Taonga Pou Mataaho o Te Aka Tūhono, Deputy Chief Investment and Results Officer Joe Fowler, who led the development of the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund, said the first five initiatives received support because they could demonstrate sustainable and long-term benefits for the cultural sectors. .

“Interest in the Regeneration Fund has been incredibly high and attracted many high quality proposals in the first round. We are therefore confident that the five organizations selected for funding will strongly contribute to the results that the Regeneration Fund has been created to support.We share their goals and aspirations.

“The five successful initiatives have demonstrated high levels of support from the cultural sector, strong potential to transform initial funding into long-term sustainable results and clear plans to maximize the impact of funding on the arts, cultural sectors cultural heritage and the wider community.

“There are three rounds of funding remaining and our team continues to engage with those who have submitted Expressions of Interest, helping them understand the purpose of the fund and refine their applications for future rounds, which will be completed before June 2023. “, says Joe Fowler.

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