Notification of the opening of round seven of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund

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Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund (MGR), and is now calling for applications to the fund

MBIE is pleased to advise of the opening of round seven of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund (MGR), and is now calling for applications to the fund. The opening of the round was announced today by the Associate Minister of Tourism, Hon Nicky Wagner.

The closing date for round seven applications is 5pm on Friday 8 September 2017. 

Further details on the process, application guidelines and the application form are available on the MBIE website at

http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/nga-haerenga-new-zealand-cycle-trail/maintaining-the-quality-of-great-rides-fund  .

Please ensure that the latest version of the application form is used for your applications to the fund.

All applications must be submitted to the Fund Administrator at MBIE:MGRFund@mbie.govt.nz . Enquires about the fund can also be sent to this email address.

Background details on the fund

In February 2014 the Government agreed to establish a contestable fund of $8 million over four years for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT). The MGR is open to proposals from Great Rides that are part of NZCT and that are full members of NZCT Inc. To date over $4.8 million from the MGR has been awarded to 59 projects across 20 Great Rides. More details of successful funding recipients can be found on the MBIE website at the website link provided above.

The focus of the fund is to refine, improve and maintain completed sections of the Great Rides.  Funding is only available for shovel-ready projects on sections of trail that are open and hold approved Great Ride status. Applications should be for well-defined projects with tight timeframes that can be delivered within agreed deadlines. The fund calls for at least matching co-funding from applicants.

The fund is also open to out-of-round applications from Great Rides for funding that relates to repairing trail damage caused by extreme events, such as storm damage, single-event vandalism, fire, and flooding.

All applications for MGR funding will be considered by an Assessment Panel.  The Assessment Panel will make recommendations for funding to the Chief Executive of MBIE (or their delegate).  The Assessment Panel comprises the Chair of NZCT Inc. (or their representative), a cycle trail technical expert (Jonathan Kennett), and a representative from each of the following government agencies: Department of Conservation; NZ Transport Agency; and MBIE.  The Chair of NZCT Inc., Richard Leggat, is Chair of the Assessment Panel.