The Enliven Places Projects Fund encourages individuals, community groups and businesses to contribute to Christchurch’s regeneration with productive, positive and creative temporary projects that enliven vacant places.

people planting in a community funded gardenThe fund supports diverse, innovative and amenity-enriching projects that can create buzz, improve well-being and offer a much needed point-of-difference to build on Christchurch's reputation as a vibrant and innovative city.

Projects will be considered that are well-planned, have partnerships already in place to deliver them within four months, and that will temporarily activate vacant space for primarily public benefit.

The fund is available in the central city and suburban centres and is open to all. The fund is open now and will remain open until May 2019 or prior if the funds are fully allocated.

Decisions on grants of more than $15,000 require a decision from elected members while applications under $15,000 are reviewed by a Panel made of Council staff and a community representative.

The fund was formally known as the Transitional City Projects Fund.

How to apply

  1. Book a pre-application meeting prior to submitting an application. Contact:
  2. Download and review the following:
  3. Send your completed application form, budget, supporting documents and bank deposit slip to

Community led projects supported by the fund