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.

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The Enliven Places Projects Fund (formally the Transitional City Projects Fund) supports diverse, innovative, experimental and amenity-enriching projects. The intent is to create buzz, improve well-being and offer a much needed point-of-difference that builds on Christchurch's reputation as a place for people.

Projects will test new ideas, enliven places and meaningfully contribute to 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.

How to apply

Expand this section to find out more about the fund and how to apply.

Download and complete a Transitional City Projects Fund application form [DOC 302KB]

You will also need to download, review and complete:

A pre-application meeting is required prior to submitting an application.

Send your completed application form, budget, supporting documents and bank deposit slip to

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.

Projects supported by the Fund:

Cultivate - Peterborough Urban Farm (external link)


A small-scale organic urban farm on a vacant site that provides meaningful work for youth, donates produce and sells produce to city restaurants. 

156 Peterborough Street, Christchurch

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Cultivate on YouTube (external link)


Tess Sheerin Un-pollution Mural (external link)

Unsealed #3 Pollution Awareness Mural

Artist Tess Sheerin raises awareness for coastal pollution through NZ murals, including on a vacant wall in Christchurch.

North Durham Street, Christchurch

Unsealed #3 Pollution Awareness Mural
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In Situ Photo Project (external link)

In Situ Photo Project

Exhibiting fine art photography by emerging and established NZ photographers in a vacant site in the Christchurch city centre. 

BNZ Centre, Hereford Street, Christchurch

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