Application Process and Timeframes

The Creative and Cultural Events Incubator will run one round per year and will be open for applications for approximately one month.

Applicants to the inaugural round please be advised that due to COVID-19 we will not engage contract discussions with successful applicants until the national health alert reaches Level 1.

The next round will open in November 2020. Application documents will be distributed from Friday 30 October 2020, and the deadline for completed applications will be 4.30pm on Monday 30 November.

Following a conversation with New Zealand Major Events, events that are deemed to strategically align with the criteria will be invited to apply to the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator.

Applicants will be required to submit an application form and a written document. Applicants are also welcome to submit audio and video files alongside their written application but these will not influence or form part of the investment decision.

Once the round has closed, an Advisory Panel with representatives from New Zealand Major Events, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Creative New Zealand will assess each application and provide recommendations to delegated senior officials within the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for final investment decisions.

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Before you get in touch, check out the criteria.

If you think your event is eligible, then submit an enquiry to our friendly team.  


Inaugural Round

3-28 February 2020 Incubator Round Open

From 2 March 2020 Applications are assessed

Before 29 May 2020 All applicants are notified on investment decisions

2020 Round

2-30 November 2020 Incubator Round Open

From 1 December 2020 Applications are assessed

Before 5 March 2021 All applicants are notified on investment decisions

Last updated: 04 March 2020