Fog device subsidy scheme

Updated 29 May 2023

As part of the Government’s efforts to combat retail crime, a subsidy of up to $4,000 is being offered to small retail businesses to install fog devices.

Fog cannons, also known as security smoke generators, are a type of security device that have rapidly gained popularity in recent years. They work by emitting a dense fog that makes it impossible for intruders to see and move around in the protected area, which effectively disorients them and limits their ability to steal or damage anything.


How much funding is available? 

A funding subsidy of $4,000 will be available to have a fog device installed through an approved supplier. If the installation required for your store costs more than the funding subsidy you will be required to meet the difference in amount.

What is the application criteria? 

Not all retailers will be eligible for the subsidy. It is targeted at small retail businesses. To be able to access the support, you will need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Have road frontage
  • Have five or less total staff
  • No more than two retail premises.

What does the $4000 cover?

The subsidy can only be used for fog cannons, it can’t be used for other crime prevention measures.

  • It is for each outlet. So, if you are eligible for the subsidy and have two outlets, you can get the $4,000 subsidy for each outlet.
  • The maximum subsidy for each outlet is $4,000.

How do I apply? 

If you are an eligible retailer, it will take around 15 minutes to complete the application form.

To start, you need to log into Business Connect using RealMe. If you do not have a RealMe account, you can create one.

To complete the subsidy application form, you will be asked to supply:

  • your name and email
  • your business name and address
  • a declaration of your eligibility for the subsidy

Apply for fog cannon subsidy(external link) — Business Connect

If you have any further questions, please let us know. Fog cannon

Don’t forget that the Retail NZ Crime Hub has a range of resources, advice, support, training, and guides to support you and your team dealing with retail crime.

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