Find out how the Implementation Grant could help your business and check your eligibility.

Available support

Eligible businesses can apply for an Implementation Grant to help implement an existing business plan or to execute a plan based on the Business Advice received. This grant will give many Auckland businesses the funds to begin putting their business plan into action, in one of the available service categories. Auckland businesses can apply for up to $4000 + GST for an Implementation Grant.

This is not a cash payment. An Implementation Grant will pay for specific services to put your business advice or plan into action. The Resurgence Support Payment and Wage Subsidy Scheme are more suitable for businesses' cashflow concerns.

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau funding is limited and not guaranteed until businesses have successfully registered on the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal, requested a proposal/quote from a service provider, and had their funding applications approved.

Registrations now open

Eligibility Criteria

To access the Implementation Grant, your business must: 

  • be operating with 100 full time equivalent employees or less
  • be GST registered in New Zealand 
  • have a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) 
  • be operating in a commercial environment  
  • be a privately-owned business or are a Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Māori assets under multiple ownership  
  • primarily operate within the Auckland Alert Level 3 boundary
  • be an existing business that is trading prior to 22 October 2021 

Your business can access support in the following areas:

  • Implementation of Business Strategies and Continuity Plan (e.g. creation of workforce development guidelines, creation of risk management templates, managing supply chains, analysis of export markets, new product development, and operational improvements, business coaching to support strategy delivery)
  • Implementation of Financial Planning and Cashflow Management Advice (e.g. working capital and debt restructuring, tender preparation, implementation of reporting systems or digital accounting services)
  • Implementation of HR and Employee Relations and Legal Advice (e.g. creation of job descriptions, job listings, professional development plans and training, creating policy related to COVID framework, employer COVID responsibilities, creating contracts, guidelines, plans, templates)
  • Implementation of Business Hibernation or Exit Plan (e.g. liquidation support, succession plan development)
  • Implementation of Marketing Plan (e.g. brand development, channel analysis, customer identification, value proposition development)
  • Implementation of Digital Marketing Plan (e.g. website design, build or upgrade, including e-commerce, software integration, booking systems, content development, social media management, SEO implementation, digital advertising spend)
  • Implementation of Digital Enablement (e.g. digital productivity, client interaction strategy, operational digitisation, cyber security)
  • Implementation of Health and Safety Plan (e.g. creating health and safety documents, plans, templates)
  • Implementation of a Health and Wellbeing business plan for your workforce (e.g. delivering a wellness plan for your employees) 
  • Advice already implemented and paid for (e.g. historic payments are ineligible)
  • Ongoing engagement fees for existing professional services that the business is currently contractually obliged to (e.g. retainers or ongoing fees for service)
  • Accounting annual returns services (e.g. bookkeeping, GST and tax returns, expenses reconciliation)
  • Fees for SaaS (Software as a service) products (e.g. hosting fees, Xero subscriptions, domain costs)
  • Capital expenditure (e.g. purchasing computer hardware) Any other situation where an actual, perceived, or potential conflict of interest may exist
  • Training services
  • Mentoring services (connect with NZ Business Mentors for these services)
  • Subscription services Conferences, seminars, networking events, retreats, team building days/event
  • Personal physical and/or mental health consultations (medical or alternative)
  • Services offered outside New Zealand Services already subsidised through other Government funding
  • Catering, travel & accommodation expenses
  • Examination fees/costs
  • Membership fees/costs
  • Any other situation where an actual, perceived, or potential conflict of interest may exist
Implementation Grant Support Levels

It’s great to see a high demand from Auckland businesses accessing Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Implementation Grants support. Before you take the next steps for your business to access an Implementation Grant, please consider the support levels below:

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau funding is limited and not guaranteed until your business has received an email to confirm funding has been approved (please refer to Step 5 below).

Application process

Eligible businesses can apply for an Implementation Grant to help implement an existing business plan, or to execute a plan based on their Business Advice received. If you do not yet have a business plan, you should first access Business Advice support before considering an Implementation Grant.

Step 1 
Register for either Business Advice or Implementation Grant under Activate Tāmaki Makaurau programme. Remember, you only need to register once.

Step 2 
Your registration will be assessed by Activate Tāmaki Makaurau.

Step 3 
A referral plan is created for you by Activate Tāmaki Makaurau

Step 4
Login to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal and click on ‘My referrals’ to request a proposal from your preferred service provider. You must have a service provider to proceed with an Implementation Grant application, and they must be registered as an Activate Tāmaki Makaurau service provider.

If they are not, ask them to find out how to become a registered at our service provider webpage. Finally, review and accept proposal, and apply for an Implementation Grant.

Step 5 
Your business's funding application is assessed. If your application is approved and contract is signed, commence work with selected service provider.

Step 6 
Tell us when the work is complete to facilitate payment to your service provider. Share your experience with us. Hearing your feedback helps us better assist other businesses.

You can view the entire process from registration to completion here.

Remember, you only need to register once. Once successfully registered and assessed by our team, you will have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal. You can login to this portal to track your applications or make new applications for additional support.

Business readiness checklist

Before you start your application, here is what you need to have ready:

• A New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). Apply for your NZBN here.
• Be GST registered. If you aren't GST registered, find out more here.
• Check to see if your business meets the eligibility criteria above.
• Think about the service categories available and which ones would help your business the most.

Implementation Grant

 

An Implementation Grant can help you put your business advice or plan into operation. Many businesses can see a way forward and have plans ready to go, but might not have the cash reserves to make it happen. This grant can put you in touch with the experts and services you may need to move forward.

Registrations now open

 

Remember, you only need to register once. Once successfully registered and assessed by our team, you will have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal. You can login to this portal to track your applications or make new applications for additional support.

 

 

Do you have a question?

You can read our FAQ section below, access the COVID-19 Business Helpline Knowledge Hub, email activatehelpdesk@aucklandnz.com or call:

 

 

FAQs

View the business user guide for comprehensive guidance on key steps businesses need to take within the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal to access support. If you need personalised support please contact the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Helpdesk.

Once successfully registered and assessed by our team, you will have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal. You can login to this portal to track your applications or make new applications for additional support.

Your login details can be found in an email from the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) (info@pacificbusiness.co.nz), an Activate Tāmaki Makaurau partner.

You only need to register once - please don't submit multiple registrations.

Once successfully registered and assessed by our team, you will have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal. You can login to this portal to track your applications or make new applications for additional support.

Your login details can be found in an email from the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) (info@pacificbusiness.co.nz), an Activate Tāmaki Makaurau partner.

You only need to register once - please don't submit multiple registrations.

Once you have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal, you can contact the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau team by selecting ‘Have a question?’ button or the ‘Support’ page within the portal itself. This is where you can ask to have your business details updated. If you need to view your business details, select the ‘My business details’ tab.

Once a business has registered and provided all required information, their registration will be assessed by the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau team. Once approved, how soon a business can access support depends on how quickly they engage with a preferred service provider.

You can view the entire process from registration to completion here.

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau funding is limited and not guaranteed until businesses have

(1) successfully registered,

(2) requested a proposal/quote from a service provider,

(3) approved their proposal/quote, and

(4) had their funding application approved.

Yes. Eligible businesses can register and apply for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice, Implementation Grants, Health and Wellbeing Support and/or Business Community Resources regardless of previous government funding such as the Wage Subsidy, Resurgence Payment or Regional Business Partner Network support.

There's an NZBN for every New Zealand business, from sole traders through to companies, available free of charge. Find out your business's existing NZBN or apply for one online here.

A service provider is a business that provides advice and support to businesses to help them improve their business operations. Service providers must be registered on the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal to have their services made available to businesses. Whilst we have made every effort to ensure these providers have the experience and capacity to support businesses, Activate Tāmaki Makaurau and our key partners don’t warrant or guarantee their skills, expertise, or experience.

Businesses are responsible for their choice of service provider, and it is important that they undertake all due diligence they consider necessary before approving relevant proposals and entering into a contract with the service provider.

To progress with an Implementation Grant registration you will have business advice or a plan to put into action.

You can find registered service providers in the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal, which you can access once your business registration has been assessed and you have a login.

Service providers need to be registered with Activate Tāmaki Makaurau to deliver eligible implementation grant services.

If the service provider you would like to work with isn’t registered you can ask them to register and visit our service provider webpage for more information. Alternatively you can choose a different service provider from the service provider directory in the portal.

 

Service providers will need to be registered with Activate Tāmaki Makaurau to deliver eligible Implementation Grant services. You can find registered service providers in the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal, which you can access once your business registration has been accessed and you have a login.

If the service provider you would like to work with isn’t registered, you can ask them to register and visit our service provider webpage to find out more.

Alternatively, you can choose a different service provider from the service provider directory in the portal.

Businesses must operate within the Auckland alert level 3 boundary to be eligible to access Business Advice and/or an Implementation Grant. See details and an interactive map here.

No. There are no fees for businesses applying for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau, a fully government-funded economic support package for Auckland businesses.

No, this is not a cash payment. Activate Tāmaki Makaurau pays for specific services, for business advice and/or implementing business advice. The Resurgence Support Payment and Wage Subsidy Scheme are more suitable for businesses' cashflow concerns.

You need to have a plan in place or have accessed Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice to create one.

Now you can register for a grant to implement your plan. This grant will pay for an expert – or experts – with the tools and know-how to put your business plan into action.

Auckland businesses can apply for up to $4000 +GST per business through an Implementation Grant and the total value of the support will be determined as part of the application process. This recognises many businesses have business plans ready to go and can see a way forward, but don't necessarily have the cash reserves to go ahead. This grant will give many Auckland businesses the ability to begin implementing their business plan. 

Experienced business advisors, from Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Advisors partners, will facilitate Implementation Grants, administered by Auckland Unlimited.  

Auckland Unlimited is working closely with the wider business ecosystem in the region, including Amotai, Auckland Business Chamber, Business Events Industry Aotearoa, Employers & Manufacturers Association, Heart of the City, Hospitality New Zealand, Restaurant Association, Retail New Zealand, Regional Business Partner Network, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Whāriki - Māori Business Network, Pacific Business Trust, Regional Business Partner Network and supported by MBIE.

Collectively, these organisations represent many SMEs across the Auckland regional economy. You do not need to be a member of these organisations to access Activate Tāmaki Makaurau support.

Yes, potentially, as these initiatives are related, but not dependent, on each other.

Depending on their needs, businesses can make applications for up to $3000 +GST for Business Advice, and up to $4000 +GST for Implementation Grants. Businesses can only have one current funding application at one time.

Once your initial registration has been assessed and you have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal you may wish to apply for further support or funding. You will need to login into your existing Activate Tāmaki Makaurau account to manage this – please don’t complete the registration form more than once. Funding is also limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Yes, we are receiving a large volume of applications, so to make the process as quick and efficient as possible we request all proposals and plans to follow our implementation proposal template. Your service provider will be able to assist with this.

No, we request that the person filling out the registration be the primary contact for the business.

Once successfully registered and assessed by our team, you will have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal. You can login to this portal to track your applications or make new applications for additional support.

If you can’t login to your existing registration, check your email to access your login details. They can be found within an email from the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) (info@pacificbusiness.co.nz), an Activate Tāmaki Makaurau partner.

You only need to register once - please don't submit multiple registrations.

Once successfully registered and assessed by our team, you will have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal. You can login to this portal to track your applications or make new applications for additional support.

Your login details can be found in an email from the Pacific Business Trust (PBT) (info@pacificbusiness.co.nz), an Activate Tāmaki Makaurau partner. You only need to register once - please don't submit multiple registrations.

Once you have access to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal, you can contact the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau team by selecting ‘Have a question?’ button or the ‘Support’ page within the portal itself.

This is where you can ask to have your business details updated. If you need to view your business details, select the ‘My business details’ tab.

Once a business has registered and provided all required information, their registration will be assessed by the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau team. Once approved, how soon a business can access support depends on how quickly they engage with a preferred service provider.

You can view the entire process from registration to completion here.

First Steps provides access to health and wellbeing support for individual business owners and managers across Tāmaki Makaurau who are feeling overwhelmed, isolated or under pressure from the mental and emotional impact of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. First Steps is part of the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau business support programme announced by the Government in October 2021.

Businesses seeking health and wellbeing support for their workforce should apply for support through Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice and Implementation Grants.

First Steps is available to business owners and managers seeking health and wellbeing support for themselves. The programme offers a range of services including learning and development resources, webinars and podcasts, and also provides individualised professional support for business owners. Access First Steps here.

Businesses seeking health and wellbeing support for their workforce should apply for support through Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice and Implementation Grants.

Yes. Businesses needing health and wellbeing support for their workforce may apply for this via the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice and Implementation Grants.

Business owners and managers seeking health and wellbeing support for themselves should consider First Steps.

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