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Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund

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The Government’s $70 million Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund, announced in 2021, represents what we think is the first bespoke arts and wellbeing funding targeted at communities. The scheme has two priorities: participation in the cultural sector by communities who traditionally have less access to arts and culture and strengthening opportunities for employment and skill development amongst practitioners.

The CARE Fund has five funding streams:

Te Ahurea me te Toiora- Culture and wellbeing 

Using arts and culture as a tool to improve the wellbeing of those most in need by investing in creative spaces (see definition of creative spaces here), and by Manatū Taonga partnering with social sector agencies to provide targeted support.


Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa - Cultural installations and events 

Bringing culture and creativity to people in our communities. Funding is for installations and events that are free to experience and in easy to access spaces people regularly go or are easy to discover, such as community hubs, shopping malls, parks, beaches, marae, churches, reserves, or along a waterfront.


Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea
Cultural activators 

Funding cultural sector practitioners to collaborate with communities to tell their stories, build their creative skills and connect them with opportunities in the wider cultural sector.  


Te Whakaatu i ngā Rohe - Showcasing our regions 

Investing in projects that showcase local culture and history in the regions. 


Ngā Kōrero kua Whakaohohia - Untold stories 

Funding communities whose culture and experiences are not well known across Aotearoa to tell their stories and share their creativity, such as LGBTQI+, refugee or Asian communities.  


See the full details here

Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund


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