Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
AIDE MEMOIRE: CULTURAL SECTOR REGENERATION FUND: TE
URUNGI: INNOVATING AOTEAROA - APPROVED SEED FUNDING
27 May 2021
Jeff Gibson, Programme Director, S9(2)(a)
This aide memoire summarises the seed funding decisions made by the Ministry
following the first Te Urungi: Innovating Aotearoa event concluded in Porirua on 2 May
We have approved 11 of 17 seed funding proposals
Te Urungi are facilitated, collaborative, workshop style events designed to harness
participants creative energy and innovative spirit. They are aimed at developing bold
ideas that enable arts, culture and heritage to adapt and thrive.
Approximately 15 in-person and online Te Urungi events are to be held nationwide
over the next six to seven months. The Porirua event concluded on 2 May 2021 was
the first in our efforts to distribute $54 million from the Cultural Sector Innovation Fund
over the period to June 2023.
The Porirua event was attended by 58 participants, resulting in 38 presentations to the
evaluation panel over the weekend – 17 seed funding proposals and 21 full funding
proposals. Most participants were from the Wellington region.
Assessment and evaluation of seed funding proposals
The 17 seed funding proposals were presented orally by participants to the evaluation
panel. A benefit of the face to face presentation approach was panel members being
able to provide immediate feedback to participants. Proposals were recorded and
participants also submitted a ‘lean canvas’ that summarised their proposal.
The fund priorities reflected in the assessment criteria were:
a. Improved sector sustainability and resilience
b. Commercial opportunities created for the cultural sector
c. Improved access and participation
d. Support for the preservation, retention and transmission of mātauranga Māori.
The panel considered material from all proposals at a moderation meeting on 5 May.
The proposals were evaluated against the assessment criteria and consensus scoring
The panel recommended 11 of the 17 seed funding proposals for funding.
No conflicts of interest were declared, and the assessment process followed the probity
guidance developed with the support of KPMG.
Recommendations and approvals
The funding recommendations were approved by the Ministry’s Sector Support
Governance Group on 18 May 2021.
Detail about each of the proposals that will receive seed funding is appended.
The 11 proposals funded are for $20,000 each – the maximum available for seed
funding applicants. This $220,000 seed funding allocation leaves $3.780 million
available for full project funding this round.
The Ministry will contact all applicants informing them of the outcomes of their seed
funding proposals early June 2021.
The Ministry will work with your office to identify announcement opportunities – possibly
in conjunction with other products in the Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund.
AM2020/304 Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund: Te Urungi: Innovating Aotearoa - Approved Seed Funding