On 22 October 2021, the Government announced a special fund and economic support package for Auckland Businesses affected by the latest COVID-19 lockdown in August 2021. This package is in addition to the various Government assistance programs for New Zealand businesses, such as:
This is a $60 million package for advice, implementation of that advice and mental health support to assist Auckland businesses. “Businesses will be able to apply for up to $3000 worth of advice and planning support, and then receive up to $4000 to implement that advice through the established Reginal Business Partners Programme.”
See this link for a Step by Step guide to activate Government grants for Auckland businesses.
Regional Business Partner Network often runs programs like this. However, in this instance, Auckland Unlimited is managing Activate Tamaki Makaurau – see link for Auckland Unlimited landing/information page.
If you are a business in Auckland affected by the lockdowns and higher COVID-19 alert levels, Activate Tamaki Makaurau will grant you (if qualified):
If you are an Auckland business and have tried unsuccessfully to find out more and wonder why you do not know about this Activate Tamaki Makaurau , you are not alone. Admittedly, the programme is being rolled out before the details have been fleshed out. What is confirmed is that, Auckland Unlimited is managing the program and registrations are open for Auckland businesses to enroll.
The application will take about 15 minutes, and you will need your business’s NZBN number. This is found by running a search for your company at the Companies Registry. To register, you will need answer the following questions:
Email After the Application
Once you have registered, we suggest sending a quick inquiry email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating:
To whom it may concern,
It’s encouraging to hear news of government funding and support for Auckland businesses which will assist us in receiving advice planning support and implementation for that advice.
I cannot stress enough how challenging it has been. This lockdown has been especially harsh on my business. It has caused my staff and I a lot of sleepless nights.
As a business, we’d be grateful for your consideration and support. The grant will be of considerable help to our branding, growth, marketing strategy, cashflow planning, increasing our employees in the future and planning for future restrictions.
Even though the times have been challenging, I am excited at the prospect of receiving professional advice to support our people and the business.
I look forward to hearing from you
Follow-up after the application is completed
Once you have registered for Activate Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland Unlimited will vet your request and the process is as follows:
If you have any questions, please send us a message or call 021 633572.
In short, it’s likely your business will qualify if it’s based in Auckland business, GST registered and has an NZBN number. The full details of the eligibility criteria as we as the services that are offered and services unavailable are:
Business eligibility criteria:
If your business qualifies, the services that are available are:
Unfortunately, not all services are available or covered. Unavailable services are:
To apply for health and wellbeing support, register here and click on “I AM A BUSINESS OWNER”:
The expectation is for the Regional Business Partner to start approving funding by 1 December 2021. Therefore apply now if you are interested in this programme and receive expert business advice, action your marketing, grow, launch online platforms, and get funding for the goals you’ve always known is necessary but lacked the resources.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day but laid bricks on the daily. This programme provides the necessary building blocks for your business.
If you are interested in this programme and want to stay updated on the latest announcements on the programme, register your interest here: