Trust seeks big ideas for funding
The Hutt Mana Charitable Trust is looking for big ideas.
A new round of applications for the trust’s community grants is under way and chairman Ian Hutchings said they would welcome bids to fund larger and more significant projects.
The trust, which looks after about $35 million in former energy board assets on behalf of people in the Hutt Valley, Porirua and north Wellington areas, gives out around about $600,000 in community grants each year from interest earned on investments.
Mr Hutchings said this would be the 14th round of grants and over the years there had been a steady increase in applications, with a consequent trend to a large number of smaller grants of about $1000 to $5000 being made.
However, after calling for bigger projects in the August 2011 round the trust gave out several bigger amounts: $30,000 for the Streets Ahead Trust in Porirua for salary and administration; $25,000 to the Royal Wellington Golf Club to upgrade a driving range and $25,000 to Naenae Menz Shed for building construction costs.
The trust is repeating the call for the application round that closes on August 31.
While bids for smaller amounts will still be considered, organisations which have a significant project that offers ‘‘substantial benefits across the community” are advised to fill in the paperwork.
Mr Hutchings said ‘‘ capacity building’’ is one category of grant application that the trust does not get enough of.
Grant applications close with the trust’s secretary, Kendons Chartered Accountants, at Box 31250 Lower Hutt on August 31. Details and application forms are on the trust’s website www.hmct.org.nz