Sport and recreation organisations can now benefit from Auckland Council’s regional sports and recreation grants. The council has released $508,000 in its bid to encourage Aucklanders to be more active. Council general manager, parks sports and recreation MaceWard says many grant sources only fund specific activities, with no provision for operational costs needed to support community initiative. Applications for the 2017/18 grants close on November 25. Visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.