The Transitional City Projects Fund encourages individuals, community groups and businesses to participate in Christchurch’s regeneration with productive, positive and creative temporary projects that enliven vacant places.

people in galleryApplications will be accepted until funds are fully allocated or 31 May 2017, whichever occurs first.

The Transitional City Projects Fund assists the attraction and retention of creative and innovative talent, by increasing support available for testing new ideas, enlivening places and creating opportunities to 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 privately-owned vacant space for primarily public benefit.

The Central City fund applies to activity within the Four Avenues. The Suburban Centres fund applies to the areas covered by the nine Suburban Centre Master Plans: Edgeware Village, Ferry Road, Main Road, Linwood Village, Lyttelton, New Brighton Centre, Selwyn Street shops, Sydenham and Sumner Village Centre.

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 will be sent to Council for approval.

Projects supported by the Transitional City Projects Fund:

Cultivate - Peterborough Urban Farm


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



Tess Sheerin Un-pollution Mural

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

In Situ Photo Project

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

In Situ Photo Project