Funding offered for inspired ideas
Momentum Waikato, the region’s community foundation, has $1 million on offer for Waikato organisations and collaborative groups that come forward with inspirational ideas for creating transformational change in the community.
The $1m grant is the pinnacle of a community project, Waikato Vital Signs.
Ten community priorities were identified in May when more than 400 Waikato people participated in Waikato Vital Sign’s four townhall style community brainstorming sessions, and four invitation-only sessions for youth and iwiMaori.
The top two priorities identified by the community, for the community, are working together to improve community connectedness and developing better education and pathways for youth.
The grant is available to fund up to three initiatives relating only to these two priorities.
“MomentumWaikato is about creating a better Waikato for everyone, forever,” said chairman of Momentum Waikato, Leonard Gardner.
“We want people to understand this $1m grant is not about funding hundreds of ideas with a little bit of money each. Our objective is to fund changemakers who can think strategically using the knowledge we’ve gained from Waikato Vital Signs to create powerful impact.”
“MomentumWaikato trustees have listened carefully to our community and have responded with this new opportunity to create positive transformational change for our community,” said Momentum chief executive Cheryl Reynolds.
“Up to three inspirational ideas that address the top twoWaikato Vital Signs community priorities will share Momentum Waikato’s first $1m contestable grant.”
Organisations can submit their ideas for funding consideration for new change initiatives as an expression of interest from October 14. Ideas are expected to meet the following criteria:
Respond to a clear need in the Waikato— the challenge is significant and deeply rooted in theWaikato community.
Be inspirational— the outcomes are visible and inspire greater community generosity.
Be transformational— the outcomes disrupt the status quo to act as a catalyst and accelerate much-needed change.
Demonstrate leadership— organisations have a track record and the organisational capacity to deliver the outcomes at governance, management and project levels.
Be scalable and sustainable— the outcomes can be delivered across the Waikato, and possibly nationally with other players, after funding ceases.
The closing date for expressions of interest is November 11. Momentum Waikato intends to announce which successful initiatives next March.