Implementation Grant Support Levels

The success of the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau programme has seen over 8000 Auckland businesses receive support since registrations opened on 1 December 2021. Due to this demand, Implementation Grant support is now closed for funding applications as of 4pm on 24 March 2022.

New registrations for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Implementation Grants closed as of 4pm on 24 February 2022.

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice funding was 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 via email.

Additional support available  

Our partners are regularly adding useful and up-to-date free tools and resources you can access right now, including webinars, business continuity plans and guides, and information on how to prepare your business digitally and operationally for Omicron. Access Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Community resources here. 

First Steps is also available to business owners and managers feeling overwhelmed, isolated, and under pressure from the impacts of COVID-19. First Steps provides health and wellbeing support, including learning and development resources, webinars and podcasts, and also provides individualised professional support for business owners. Access First Steps here. 

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Support Crew Update

Like many others, our organisation has not remained untouched by the Omicron outbreak. The community spread of COVID-19 is impacting the wider Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Support Crew as well as the external organisations we are working closely with to deliver the programme. While we have planning in place to alleviate the impact of workplace absences due to COVID-19, some processes are unavoidably being affected. Thank you for your understanding.

Eligibility Criteria

To access the Business Advice support, 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 previous 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
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.

Step 1 and Step 2 
We are no longer accepting new registrations for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Implementation Grants as of 4pm on 24 February 2022. 

Step 3 and Step 4
The success of the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau programme has seen over 8000 Auckland businesses receive support since registrations opened on 1 December 2021. Due to this demand, Implementation Grant support is now closed for funding applications as of 4pm on 24 March 2022.

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

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau funding is limited and not guaranteed until your business has received an email to confirm funding has been approved.

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.

 

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:

 

 

General FAQs

We are no longer accepting new registrations for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice as of 4pm on 17 February 2022 and Implementation Grants as of 4pm on 24 February. 

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

✓ requested a proposal/quote from a service provider,
✓ approved their proposal/quote, and
✓ had their funding application approved via email.

For businesses already registered, available funding levels are visible within the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Portal.

Experienced business advisors, from Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Advisors partners, 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 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). 

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

Online business resources are available to any organisation, and health and wellbeing support is available for any organisation’s owners and leaders.

We are no longer accepting new registrations for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice as of 4pm on 17 February 2022 and Implementation Grants as of 4pm on 24 February.

Access to Business Advice and Implementation Grants for charitable trusts and societies is at the discretion of Activate Tāmaki Makaurau and may be offered to those whose activity supports commercial businesses (other than their own) or are involved in industry advocacy.

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.

Managing my registration

We are no longer accepting new registrations for Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Business Advice as of 4pm on 17 February 2022 and Implementation Grants as of 4pm on 24 February. 

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

✓ requested a proposal/quote from a service provider,
✓ approved their proposal/quote, and
✓ had their funding application approved via email.

For businesses already registered, available funding levels are visible within the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Portal.

View the key steps for businesses accessing Activate Tāmaki Makaurau support here.

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.

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset this using your Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal username/email. Visit the portal here and click “Forgot your password” 
 
You will then receive an email from info@pacificbusiness.co.nz with details on how to reset your password. 
If you're having trouble locating this email, please check your Spam or Junk folder as these emails can occasionally be filtered incorrectly. 
 
For a more information and a step by step guide on resetting your password, please check our our Guide for Businesses: Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal  

Here is the link to the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau portal

Watch the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau video series to help you navigate the steps from reviewing your referral, requesting a proposal/quote from a service provider and applying for funding.  

  • Video series one: How to access the portal, find a referral plan and request proposal 
  • Video series two: How to apply for initial and additional funding 
  • Video series three: The invoicing process and placing feedback 

WATCH NOW 

Alternatively you can refer to our business user guide or click here to see a visual of the application steps to access support and start working with a registered service provider.  

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

✓ requested a proposal/quote from a service provider,
✓ approved their proposal/quote, and
✓ had their funding application approved via email.

If you need personalised support, please call 0800 500 362 or email the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Helpdesk

The success of the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau programme has seen over 8000 Auckland businesses receive support since registrations opened on 1 December 2021. Due to this demand, Business Advice support (as of 4pm on 22 March) and Implementation Grant support (as on 4pm on 24 March) are now closed for funding applications.

Unfortunately, businesses who have not yet applied for funding can no longer access Business Advice and/or Implementation Grant support.

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.

Business Advice support is now closed for funding applications as of 4pm on 22 March 2022.

No further requests to change Implementation Grants to Business Advice can be accepted.

After submitting a funding application, our team will assess your application and you can expect to hear an update within 10-15 days. Demand for Activate Tamaki Makaurau support is high, and we appreciate your patience. You will receive an email with an update as soon as your funding application has been reviewed.

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

✓ requested a proposal/quote from a service provider,
✓ approved their proposal/quote, and
✓ had their funding application approved via email.

If you need personalised support, please call 0800 500 362 or email the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau Helpdesk

Due to demand, Implementation Grant support is now closed for funding applications as of 4pm on 22 March 2022.

Implementation Grant funding is still available for businesses who have already had their application for funding approved via email.

For businesses who have submitted a Implementation Grant application/proposal, funding is currently available but is not guaranteed until the business has received funding approval via email.

This means businesses who have not yet accepted a service provider proposal and applied for funding can no longer access Implementation Grant support.

Service provider faqs

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 accessed 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 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 you are a registered service provider please visit our Activate Tāmaki Makaurau service provider page for more information.

Over 8000 Auckland businesses have received support since registrations opened on 1 December 2021. Due to this demand, Business Advice and Implementation Grant funding applications are now closed, and as of 4pm on 24 March, we are no longer accepting service provider registrations.

Health and wellbeing faqs

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.

 

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