Application process and timeframes

The Creative and Cultural Events Incubator runs for one round per year and is open to applications for approximately one month.

Application documents for the next round will be distributed from October 2023.

The deadline for completed applications is 4:30pm on Thursday 30 November 2023.

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

Applicants will be required to submit an application comprising two parts:

  • a declaration form
  • additional information as a written submission.

Applicants are also welcome to submit audio and video files alongside their written submission, but these will not influence or form part of the investment decision.

Once the round has closed, a multi-agency Advisory Panel will assess each application. They will provide recommendations to delegated senior officials within the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) for final investment decisions.

Incubator decision process flowchart [PDF, 86 KB] 

Getting in touch

Check out the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility for investment

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

Contact us 


2023 Round 

  • 1 November to 30 November 2023  Incubator Round open.
  • From 1 December 2023  Applications are assessed.
  • Before 29 February 2024  All applicants are notified on investment decisions.
Last updated: 28 April 2023