Enhanced Access Grants

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission administers contestable grants to support projects aimed at enhancing access to New Zealand's great outdoors. These grants are known as Enhanced Access Grants.

The first funding round of Enhanced Access Grants were held in 2010 and since then 91 projects have been awarded funding.

The application process for 2019-20 funding opens on 1 July 2019. There are two funding rounds this financial year, with a total of $100,000 available for distribution across both rounds. Funding will be prioritised towards projects that help to secure certain and enduring access to the outdoors for future generations.

Applications for consideration in the first round of 2019/2020 grants must be received by 30 September 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 30 November 2019.

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 grants 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 Enhanced Access Grant recipients

EAF recipient map

News about the grants


Page last updated: May 3, 2019, 10:19 AM