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.

The 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 Enliven Places Projects Fund is currently closed

Due to COVID-19 our regular timeline for the fund has changed and we are not accepting applications at this time. Check back for updates on when the fund will reopen.

You are welcome to touch base at if you would still like to chat about a future project. 

The fund is available for projects in the central city and suburban centres and is open to all.

To apply:

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.

Grants are an unconditional gift and therefore not subject to GST. Successful applicants will be awarded grants exclusive of GST.

Community-led projects supported by the fund