From Monday 4 April, the Local Activation Fund and Discount Programme will resume. This follows the recent Government changes to the Covid-19 Protection framework, in particular the removal of caps for outdoor gatherings.

Part of the Reactivating Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Support Package, these funds are being distributed by Auckland Unlimited on behalf of the Government and were paused to support public health measures during the peak of the Omicron outbreak.

Auckland Unlimited’s Director of Investment and Industry, Pam Ford, says “We are pleased that the easing of gathering rules now allows these programmes to resume. to provide much-needed support to local events and businesses, activities and communities in our region.

“We encourage all eligible event organisers, mana whenua and mataawaka organisations, community facilities and business organisations to get their application in and make the most of the opportunity to offer Aucklanders the chance to enjoy local events and activities.”

The Local Activation Fund Programme is a contestable fund to support free events and activities at regional and local levels. It aims to increase participation in the arts and cultural events for Auckland families, revitalise town centres and enhance wellbeing in our community while stimulating economic activity for these sectors.

The Discount Programme is a contestable fund that enables applicants to provide discounted or free access to Auckland-based attractions, activities and community facilities, specifically for Auckland residents.

“From community art events to free drive-in movies, free snorkelling trips to free squash lessons - over 53 events were supported by the Local Activation Fund Programme before it was paused - leading to wonderfully diverse activities, experiences, and events for communities across the Auckland region,” says Pam Ford.

“Now that the funds have resumed, over $7million remains available for distribution to successful new applications for the Local Activation Fund Programme and $3 million for the Discount Programme.”

The programmes will recommence for 3 months until 4 July 2022. Applications are now invited for these programmes. Applicants who may have applied before the two programmes were paused are required to submit a new application.

For more information about the programmes and timelines please visit the Local Activation Fund Programme  and Discount Programme websites

The $9 million Explore Tāmaki Makaurau Voucher Programme is also part of the Government’s Reactivating Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Support Package. This programme was able to continue successfully without pausing in the Red level setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.