En­hanced Ac­cess Fund now open for ap­pli­ca­tions

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The New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion is again seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from a con­testable fund for groups un­der­tak­ing projects to en­hance ac­cess to our coun­try’s great out­doors. The Com­mis­sion’s En­hanced Ac­cess Fund has pro­vided sup­port to over 60 com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions and fund­ing will once again be of­fered in 2014. Com­mis­sion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mark Nee­son says the process has been changed to make it more flex­i­ble for com­mu­nity groups. Grants will be avail­able on a quar­terly ba­sis this year, rather than through an an­nual fund­ing round as has been the norm in pre­vi­ous years. The first fund­ing round will open for ap­pli­ca­tions in April, he said. “In 2014 fund­ing will once again be pri­ori­tised to­wards projects that se­cure cer­tain and en­dur­ing ac­cess to the out­doors. By of­fer­ing fund­ing in quar­terly in­stal­ments, we will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for groups that wish to be­gin projects later in the year, as well as those that want to be­gin im­me­di­ately.”

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