Applications for the Reactivate Tāmaki Makaurau Local Activation Programme fund opened today. The $10 million contestable fund is part of the government’s $25.5 million support package for Auckland announced last week

Auckland Unlimited is leading the rollout of this programme, which aims to support summer programming for organisations like business associations, Mana Whenua and community groups, cultural organisations, and event organisations.  

Organisations can apply for funding online via the Reactivate Tāmaki Makaurau website. 

To be eligible for the Local Activation Programme Fund, events or activities will need to be free for the public to attend and must require a vaccine pass to participate.  

Activities will need to take place between 15 December 2021 and 3 April 2022, and build on and complement the calendar of events in Auckland over the summer period.  Examples could include Christmas markets, extending festivals or events that have been disrupted by COVID-19 or additional programming for cultural festivals already on the summer calendar, new theatre pieces or commissioning new exhibitions.  

For detailed criteria and more information about all the Reactivate Tāmaki Makaurau programmes, please visit Reactivate Tāmaki Makaurau.  

Nick Hill, Auckland Unlimited Chief Executive  Local arts, culture and events have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19, as have our town centres and community hubs. This contestable fund will support programmes and events that will engage and inspire our communities, bringing people and cultural vibrancy back into Auckland's streets, town centres and venues. 

Auckland Unlimited is delighted to lead this important programme for Tāmaki Makaurau, in partnership with MBIE and Auckland Council.