Fund­ing for grants ‘not enough’

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - MIKE BAIN

Com­mu­nity groups look­ing to coun­cil for fund­ing are find­ing the kitty bare.

The Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil each year in­vites com­mu­nity groups to make ap­pli­ca­tion for some of the $15,000 avail­able which is shared across three towns.

Un­der the coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Grants Policy, or­gan­i­sa­tions can ap­ply for fund­ing in one of the two rounds held an­nu­ally.

At the April meet­ing of the coun­cil, Te Aroha ward coun­cil­lor Ash Tan­ner, re­fer­ring to the Com­mu­nity Grants sum­mary out­lin­ing the num­bers of ap­pli­cants that were de­clined, called for a re­view of the amount avail­able ‘‘as it ob­vi­ously isn’t enough’’.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Mayor Jan Barnes agreed some or­gan­i­sa­tions will be dis­ap­pointed hav­ing their ap­pli­ca­tion turned down but also agreed with the need to look to an in­crease in how much fund­ing is made avail­able.

Prov­ing how hard it is, 11 or­gan­i­sa­tions in the Mata­mata ap­plied for com­mu­nity grants to­talling $16,435 while coun­cil had a max­i­mum of $3070 to dis­trib­ute.

The to­tal amount was spread be­tween or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Big­gest win­ners were the Mata­mata Geri­atric Day Care Cen­tre, which was granted $250, close to the amount of their $350 ap­pli­ca­tion.

Other or­gan­i­sa­tions to achieve the top payout ($500) for this round were the Mata­mata com­mu­nity patrol, gym­nas­tics and the squash clubs.

Waikato IHC will re­ceive $300, Red Star Coun­try Mu­sic Awards and Ro­tary Club, both re­ceived $250.

Other clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions were given amounts of be­tween $100 to $200.

Be­tween Hin­uera and Mata­mata Play­cen­tre, whose ap­pli­ca­tions to­talled $3600, both re­ceived $100 each to­wards their re­spec­tive projects.

In to­tal, 32 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived through­out the district with one ap­pli­ca­tion split across two wards.

There were also 11 from Mata­mata, 13 from Te Aroha and nine from Mor­rinsville.

One of the high­lights of the lat­est round was the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions which were re­jected.

‘‘The rea­sons be­hind ward coun­cil­lors re­ject­ing ap­pli­ca­tions come down to some ap­pli­ca­tions were miss­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion and some were just in­com­plete,’’ said Tan­ner.

‘‘We as coun­cil­lors are be­com­ing more dis­cern­ing as we are look­ing to see how many peo­ple are im­pacted by the grant,’’ he said. all

Te Aroha ward coun­cil­lor Ash Tan­ner wants a re­view on the level of fund­ing for grants.

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