Grants given a top-up
Community groups came away with more money than they asked for at the Avondale Community Board last month.
Just under $3000 was given out, fully funding several local events even though organisers only asked for partial contributions.
Chairman Duncan Macdonald says they were “feeling generous” because the financial year ends on June 30, and money left over would have been returned to the council.
“There’s possibly $2000 that might go back into council coffers,” Mr Macdonald says.
“It’s a real embarrassment if we can’t distribute it to community groups.”
Mr Macdonald says groups deserve full funding where possible because of the time put into organising worthwhile events.
The Avondale Business As- sociation, which Mr Macdonald chairs, received $825 for the sixth birthday celebrations of Dale the Spider, a statue in the Avondale Town Centre.
In February the association cancelled an annual Fun Day because it couldn’t get the full $3500 cost from the board.
This month the Avondale Christian Centre received $1200 for an alternative children’s Halloween party, $700 more than its request of $500.
And the Avon/Bay Lynn Schools Sports Group received $766 to hold a gymnastics tournament, after also seeking $500.
A further $176 went to Niuean group Atu Penupenu for hall hire.
Halloween party organiser Mary Anne Schwenke says the unexpected windfall means no children will miss out on a “loot bag”, like they did at the 2007 party.
She also plans to involve the whole community in the event by advertising it through local schools and a leaflet drop.
Avon/Bay Lynn Schools Sports Group spokesman Leon McGivern, principal of St Dominics Primary, was surprised when the board granted the full $776 needed for the event.
But Mr McGivern says the larger grant means the 14 schools in the group don’t lose out financially or have to charge the children for hall hireage.
“Over the last few years St Dominics lost about $130 on this. It takes away the worry of the money.
“It’s the local community kids that are going to benefit from it.”
Community board member Paul Davie wasn’t at the May meeting and hasn’t seen the minutes because he is overseas.
But he says he and fellow board member Kathryn Davie believe some financial contribution should come from the applicants.