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.

OPENING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications will open 1 December, 2021 (estimated date as at 17 November, 2021)

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)
  • 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
Application process

Please note: Applications will open 1 December, 2021 (estimated date as at 17 November, 2021)

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.

Step 1 Complete the online registration form (if you need support finding a service provider, one of our Business Advisors will set up a meeting to help you). 
Step 2 Log in to your Community Account. 
Step 3 Find your referral plan, request a proposal from your service provider and apply for your Implementation Grant
Step 4 
If application is approved and contracts signed, commence work with selected service provider. 
Step 5 Tell us when the work is complete to facilitate payment to your service provider. 
Step 6 Have your say about your experience; we are keen for your feedback. 

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.

 

Applications will open 1 December, 2021.

 

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Do you have a question?

See our FAQ section or contact the team at the COVID-19 Business Helpline today at info@businesshelpline.co.nz or:

 

 

FAQs

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 professional with an established record of providing business advice and support to clients to help them improve their business operations via business advice and implementation.

Service providers will need to be registered with Activate Tāmaki Makaurau to provide business advice and implementation grant services. Auckland Unlimited is working on the registration process for service providers and how businesses will find a service provider. More information will be available soon.

Service providers will need to be registered with Activate Tāmaki Makaurau to deliver eligible Implementation Grant services. If you have a service provider you would like to work with, ask them to visit our service provider webpage to find out more.

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

Now you can apply 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.

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