Access fund invites applications

Organisations and individuals undertaking projects that will enhance access to the outdoors can now apply for funding through the 2012 round of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Enhanced Access Fund.

Up to $230,000 (including GST) will be available, with a maximum grant of $50,000 to any one organisation.

Eligible projects include those that support community outdoor access initiatives (eg, easements or other legal agreements for access), provide information about access opportunities or responsible behaviour in the outdoors, or provide access signage. Projects that provide access facilities, such as stiles or other structures, and projects that assist the promotion of walking access, such as research and education programmes, are also eligible.

The deadline for Enhanced Access Fund applications is 30 March 2012. Application forms and more information about the fund and eligibility criteria are available here.