This page directs you to financial and other support available to individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This wide-ranging info could be of value to many – individual artists, arts organisations, employees, friends and whānau.
Last updated: 17 March 2022
Government support is available for urgent personal financial need
If you have an urgent personal financial need, anyone struggling to meet essential costs such as rent, heating, and food may meet the new income limits (from 1 November) for hardship support from Work and Income. Find out about help with urgent costs on the Work and Income website. Kaua e whakamā – don’t be shy to apply – the support is here for those who need it.
2. What COVID-19 support is available to the arts sector?<br>
On 2 February, the Government announced the COVID-19 Omicron Relief Funding. This includes top-ups for existing support outlined below and delivered by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. It also includes new, one-off grants for eligible self-employed/sole traders in the arts and cultural sector who have lost income or opportunities to work as a result of the restrictions introduced in January to slow the spread of COVID-19. These grants will be available through Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, who expect to be inviting applications by the end of February 2022.