All provinces are eligible for funding, however, Tairāwhiti/East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Tai Tokerau/Northland, Bay of Plenty, West Coast, and Manawatū-Whanganui have been identified for early investment.
More details on the Provincial Growth Fund can be found here, along with application forms.
Māori Innovation Fund: Te Punaha Hiringa
Purpose: Increase the skills, knowledge and networks of Māori collectives, and help them to engage more effectively with the wider enterprise development and innovation systems to realise the economic potential of their assets through the employment of commercial advisors.
Amount: Up to $60,000 per grant, funding of 25% or more required by applicant.
Frequency: One round per year.
More details on Te Punaha Hiringa can be found here.
Whenua Māori Fund
Purpose: Improving the performance and productivity of Māori freehold land. Targeted at collectives, & pre-commercial activity.
Total funding available per year: $3.2 million
More details on the Whenua Māori Fund can be found here.
Ka Hao: Māori Digital Development Fund
Purpose: Create high value jobs and opportunities that advance Māori in digital technologies through:
• Improving digital skills and pathways for Māori into digital technologies.
• Growing digital technologies businesses.
• Enhancing new Māori language and culture initiatives through digital technologies.
Total funding available: $30 million over six years from 2014/15
More details on Ka Hao, the Māori Digital Development Fund, can be found here.
Regional Business Partner Network - Capability Vouchers
Purpose: Capability Vouchers – for business planning, systems, sustainability, capital raising, export, finance, governance, marketing etc.
Amount: Maximum of $5,000 per year per business with at least a 50 % contribution from applicant.
Frequency: On application to local regional business partner (check website for nearest to you)
More details on Capability Vouchers can be found here.
Sustainable Farming Fund
Purpose: The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) funds 'communities of interest' to do applied research and extension projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity.
The SFF invests in applied research and projects led by farmers, growers or foresters. Projects that meet the criteria should deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to New Zealand.
Amount: Maximum total grant available is $600,000 over three years. Or: up to $200,000 each year for a maximum of three years.
More details on the Sustainable Farming Fund can be found here.
Business Training and Advice Grant
A Business Training and Advice Grant helps people getting government assistance who want to start up their own business. It helps towards the cost of training and advice you need to start a business. You could also use it if you need the services of a business adviser.
Māori Women’s Development Inc
Māori Women's Development provide loans to Māori women and their whānau to enable and assist them to enter into and commence business and/or to expand and restructure their existing businesses.
Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund
The Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund seeks to preserve the customs, history and stories associated with Māori land and tikanga.
NZTE Capability Development Vouchers
NZTE Capability Development Vouchers are available to businesses to use as partial payment towards the cost of capability development and training in the following areas:
- Business Planning
- Business Systems
- Business Sustainability
- Capital Raising
- Lean Manufacturing/Business Operations
- Managing Resources
Callaghan Innovation R&D funding and support
A range of R&D grants
to add scale, depth and return to your R&D investment. Our R&D grants are structured to meet your business needs - whether you're a young start-up, an established R&D performer, or want to bring students on board to assist in your R&D activities. When we know what you need, we connect you with the right funding to help your R&D get ahead
- Getting Started Grants - Are you in the early stages of, or new to, R&D? A Getting Started Grant will give you a kick-start to help you take your product, process or service solution from development through to commercialisation.
- Project Grants - Is your business new to, or trying to expand your R&D? A Project Grant can help you take on larger or more challenging R&D.
- Growth Grants - Is your business an experienced R&D performer? This three year grant will help you increase your R&D investment.
- Student Grants - Do you want to increase your business’s R&D capability, or are you a student wanting to develop your technical skills in a commercial R&D environment? Our Student Grants are designed to support both New Zealand businesses and students.
- R&D Experience Grants - Bring smart, enthusiastic and fresh thinking into your R&D activities with support provided by undergraduate students in the summer break before or after their final year of study..
- R&D Career Grants - Add a PhD or Masters graduate to your R&D team to stimulate innovation.
- R&D Fellowship Grants - Solve a challenging R&D problem in your business with PhD or Masters research.
Foundation North Places funding area aims to support projects that:
- conserve our physical and natural environment
- conserve our cultural heritage
- support building and marae development projects that aim to strengthen community cohesion.
Funding for Heritage Protection
There are various agencies including Heritage New Zealand which offer financial assistance for those who wish to protect and conserve heritage places.
Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund
The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building. The fund aims to encourage a wider mix of communities to take part in Waitangi Day events.
The government is especially keen to support events organised by local government and/or communities in partnership with tangata whenua that invite wide community participation.
Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
The RCHF will benefit a wider range of cultural organisations throughout New Zealand: in the broader art gallery and museums sector (including iwi museums/whare taonga), the performing arts, and the heritage sector.
The RCHF’s focus will be on capital projects outside the main centres of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Projects located in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch remain eligible for grant consideration and applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
While most SMEs don’t rely on external funding in the same way as many startups do, funding is still an important business enabler. You might not be interested in raising capital but, to be able to successfully grow your business, you need to fully understand your financial situation and capital requirements and make informed decisions about the growth of the business.
Therefore, many of our growth programmes for SME cover different aspects of finance.
Enhanced Access Fund
The 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. Funding will be prioritised towards projects that help to secure certain and enduring access to the outdoors for future generations.
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.
Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust
Do you need funding to get a tourism project or initiative off the ground? Or to take it to the next level? Apply for a TINZT Grant. We have funding available for great ideas that meet one or more of our aims:
- Increase the knowledge of people working in New Zealand's tourism industry
- Educate New Zealanders about our tourism industry
- Encourage and promote a tourism industry based on the sustainable use and preservation of New Zealand's natural assets.