Groups may lose out

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Char­i­ta­ble and com­mu­nity groups may see their grants dry up fol­low­ing a re­view of Porirua City Coun­cil’s fund­ing poli­cies.

In a bid to cut 10 per cent from its phil­an­thropic arm in its Long Term Plan, the coun­cil may axe its Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Fund, a pool of money ded­i­cated to help­ing small groups like Age Con­cern, Par­ents Inc and Ti­tahi Bay Su­per Club.

The to­tal fund is $26,000. In the past it has been dis­trib­uted to groups in amounts of $500 to $1000 for ex­penses like venue hire.

An­other op­tion is to re­duce fund­ing to larger groups by cut­ting back the coun­cil’s $ 195,000 Com­mu­nity Out­comes Fund, which gives an­nual grants be­tween $5000 and $39,000 to the likes of Vol­un­teer Porirua and Porirua Sex­ual Abuse Help.

Money could also be cut from a Re­gional Emer­gency Ser­vices Fund, which sup­ports Mana Vol­un­teer Coast­guard, Welling­ton Life Flight and Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance.

The po­ten­tial cuts come along­side a re­view of the coun­cil’s char­i­ta­ble giv­ing, says Janet Car­lyle, the coun­cil’s man­ager of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

There are five groups which for a decade have re­ceived a to­tal $110,000 an­nu­ally from the Com­mu­nity Out­comes Fund, and the coun­cil wants to as­sess whether those groups have be­come too de­pen­dent on coun­cil when they could seek fund­ing else­where, Ms Car­lyle says.

They are Cit­i­zens’ Ad­vice Bureau Porirua, Porirua Healthy Safer City Trust, Porirua Com­mu­nity Guardians, Porirua Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Cen­tre, and the Safer Porirua Strate­gic Group.

‘‘It re­ally was about par- tic­u­lar groups that we’ve been fund­ing for years and years. That’s one of the rea­sons for the re­view, have we set up some sort of fund­ing re­la­tion­ship that’s non- con­testable [ where] we’re not re­ally ques­tion­ing it enough?’’ Ms Car­lyle says.

The coun­cil is happy to give grants for ser­vices it would oth­er­wise have to pro­vide but the fund­ing pol­icy needs to be trans­par­ent, Ms Car­lyle says.

Porirua Com­mu­nity Guardians man­ager Terry Ryan says the coun­cil’s $20,000 grant pays for his part- time salary, the group’s rent, uni­forms and of­fice sup­plies. If any­thing, the fund­ing is too low, and Mr Ryan and his team of­ten work be­yond their paid hours pa­trolling events like Creek­fest and the Re­lay for Life, he says.

‘‘ The ratepay­ers get a Rolls Royce ser­vice for what is con­trib­uted in the way of fund­ing.’’

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