Trust seeks big ideas for fund­ing

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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

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