Solid year for trust
Porirua Community Trust gave more than $1.8 million in grants to 265 organisations in the past year. Despite the winding up of the Mana Community Grants Foundation, with operations taken over by Trust House, trustees said it was business as usual for the distribution of funds back into the Porirua community.
‘‘We’ve been working hard to keep these funds local and have been really disheartened by [seeing] some local gaming funds being diverted elsewhere,’’ trustee Eleanor Cater said.
‘‘We firmly believe that gaming venues should support the people that support them and, over the coming months, look forward to having discussions and welcoming new gaming venues to join us.’’
Titahi Bay Marlins Rugby League Club’s Mike Hall said his club had grown with the support of the Porirua Community Trust.
‘‘It’s made a difference to our club – we know this support wouldn’t be as available from some of the bigger foundations,’’ he said.
In the year to March, $1.86m was handed out to Porirua organisations and groups by the trust.
‘‘We’re really staggered with the range of initiatives happening in our city, with a notable increase in welfare groups applying,’’ Cater said.