Fund­ing of­fered for in­spired ideas

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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.

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