Fund­ing open to na­ture projects

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Those work­ing to pre­serve or en­hance the en­vi­ron­ment or her­itage fea­tures can get a help­ing hand from the re­gional coun­cil.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tive fund.

About $500,000 is given out in grants across Auck­land each year and last year more than 10 lo­cal projects re­ceived fund­ing.

Last year more than $3500 was granted for the restora­tion of bush by the Guardians of New­ton Re­serve, $8000 was given for the restora­tion of St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral and Mar­shall Laing Pri­mary School, West­mere School and Block­house Bay In­ter­me­di­ate were given grants for en­vi­ron­men­tal projects.

The fund was es­tab­lished in 1999 to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als and groups who im­prove or care for Auck­land’s nat­u­ral, cul­tural and phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ments.

Last year 212 projects shared $500,310 worth of fund­ing.

En­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives fund co­or­di­na­tor Court­ney Gallen says in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity groups, schools, preschools, busi­nesses, iwi, hapu, whanau and Maori or­gan­i­sa­tions that are plan­ning on start­ing or have non-profit projects that fit within the fund’s guide­lines are el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing.

The fund is spon­sored by Honda New Zealand which last year gave more than $130,000 to it.

This year’s fund­ing round is now open and ap­pli­ca­tions must be in by 5pm on Wed­nes­day, July 9.

Work­shops will be held for those in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for fund­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the web­site www. arc.govt.nz or con­tact Ms Gallen on 366-2000, ext 8255.

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