Enhanced Access Fund

2013 image for EAF release3The New Zealand Walking Access Commission administers a contestable fund to support projects aimed at enhancing access to New Zealand's great outdoors. This fund is known as the Enhanced Access Fund.

The first funding round of the Enhanced Access Fund was held in 2010 and since then 91 projects have been awarded funding.

The application process for 2017-2018 funding is now open. There are two funding rounds this financial year, with a total of $100,000 available across the two rounds. Funding will be prioritised towards projects that help to secure certain and enduring access to the outdoors for future generations.

Grant applications will be considered in two rounds. Applications for consideration in the second round must be received by 31 March 2018.

The main priority for funding is:

  • obtaining certain and enduring access; for example, the cost of negotiation to secure access agreements, legal or survey costs of obtaining access, the cost of obtaining Resource Management Act consents.

Other priorities, in descending order, are:

  • information including signs;
  • developing and improving walking opportunities through installing gates, stiles and fences and the cost of obtaining professional reports such as engineering reports; and
  • supporting community walking access projects, including infrastructure and administration. Funding of infrastructure including bridges and boardwalks is low priority.

Availability of grant funds for these priorities will only be considered once higher priority applications have been considered.

Guidelines and application forms are available at the links below:

Map of EAF grant recipients

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