Get smart ap­ply­ing for grants

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Com­mu­nity groups and sports clubs need to be smarter when it comes to ap­ply­ing for grant funds, Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust mem­ber Eleanor Cater says.

Fig­ures show grants from PCT to com­mu­nity groups re­duced 25 per cent to $1.77 mil­lion in the 12 months to Au­gust, but there is hope to turn this around in the next three years.

The trust re­cently teamed up with Trust House Foun­da­tion, based in the Wairarapa, one ex­am­ple of change that has af­fected the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust only has two venues to get gam­ing money from - The Ledge in Serlby Pl, which could re-open this month af­ter un­der­go­ing earth­quake strength­en­ing work, and the 888 Sports Bar in Tawa.

The other gam­ing venues in the Porirua basin are linked to New Zealand Com­mu­nity Trust, Pelorus Trust, Pub Char­ity and First Sov­er­eign, so the op­tions are cer­tainly there for dif­fer­ent places to ap­ply, she said.

‘‘We would love to wel­come more venues to join us,’’ Cater said.

‘‘A lot of lo­cal clubs rely on Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust and the now de­funct Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion, but they do need to spread their net wider.

‘‘But grant fund­ing should only ever be one part of your fundrais­ing - you will never be truly sus­tain­able if grant fund­ing is your only source of in­come.’’

Cater said an or­gan­i­sa­tion that is reg­u­larly ap­ply­ing for grants, or look­ing to for the first time, should have a ded­i­cated per­son to do so.

Prime ex­am­ples of re­cent suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­cants were North­ern United Rugby Club and Kapi Mana Net­ball Cen­tre.

Cater sug­gested try­ing to find the right bal­ance when ap­ply­ing.

‘‘We don’t want to see 50 pages to sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion, which we don’t have the time to read, but nor do we want a few pages with barely enough in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘Get to the point about what you want, give us the right num­bers and con­vince us that what you’re do­ing will ben­e­fit peo­ple and the com­mu­nity.’’

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