Coun­cil tak­ing over fund­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A long-held tra­di­tion of lo­cal author­ity fund­ing for an aca­demic prize at sec­ondary schools in the area has come un­der the spot­light.

With the demise of com­mu­nity boards, Mata­mata- Pi­ako District Coun­cil has taken over the al­lo­ca­tion of com­mu­nity grants.

Each ward tra­di­tion­ally re­ceived $5000, in­clud­ing an an­nual re­quest from the col­leges to help fund an award at the an­nual se­nior prize­giv­ing.

At a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing, Cr Nicki Robb ques­tioned the ‘‘com­mu­nity ben­e­fit’’ of the schools’ grant.

She sug­gested the coun­cil could con­tinue with fund­ing for the col­leges, but look at some­thing which is also ‘‘ac­ces­si­ble’’ to the wider com­mu­nity and not just for a sin­gle stu­dent.

Mayor Jan Barnes said the grant is a way the coun­cil can en­gage with its com­mu­nity. ‘‘Youth are the fu­ture of our district.’’

In de­vel­op­ing a com­mu­nity grants pol­icy the coun­cil said the $15,000 will con­tinue to be equally split across each town and dis­trib­uted by ward coun­cil­lors.

Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted an­nu­ally in two fund­ing rounds, Fe­bru­ary and July.

The next fund­ing round will run from July 16 to Au­gust 15.

‘‘Com­mu­nity groups will have four weeks to com­plete their ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing,’’ said coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Ni­cole Nooyen. ‘‘These ap­pli­ca­tions will then be re­viewed by the ward coun­cil­lors and a de­ci­sion made.’’

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