De­mand prompts in­crease for grants

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - LAWRENCE GULLERY

The district’s three com­mu­nity pa­trols could re­ceive a com­bined fund­ing boost of $6000 if in­creases to com­mu­nity fund­ing are ap­proved.

It was just one pro­posed pub­lic fund­ing in­crease the Mata­mataPi­ako District Coun­cil’s cor­po­rate and op­er­a­tions com­mit­tee would con­sider at its meet­ing on Wednesday.

The coun­cil’s pol­icy plan­ner Ann-Jorun Hunter’s re­port to the com­mit­tee out­lined the pro­posed in­creases and changes.

It in­cluded an ex­tra $15,000 for the district’s com­mu­nity ward grants, an in­crease of $5000 for the may­oral fund, to $10,000, and up to $6000 to be split evenly among the com­mu­nity pa­trols in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha over the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year.

Hunter’s rec­om­men­da­tion also asked that coun­cil staff be al­lowed to speak to the three com­mu­nity pa­trols about a for­mal agree­ment for the fund­ing as­sis­tance for the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

The other in­crease likely to please, if passed, was for the com­mu­nity ward grants, which un­der the rec­om­men­da­tions would dou­ble to $30,000 per year. That’s $10,000 each for Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha ap­pli­cants.

The coun­cil re­alised $15,000 shared out to three com­mu­ni­ties wasn’t meet­ing de­mand.

In April, it con­sid­ered 11 ap­pli­ca­tions from Mata­mata alone for the com­mu­nity grants fund, to­talling $16,435, more than what was avail­able.

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

On top of the 11 from Mata­mata, there were 13 from Te Aroha and nine from Mor­rinsville.

Ap­pli­ca­tions from across the district to­talled nearly $80,000, when there was only $15,000 in the fund.

It prompted the coun­cil to ask for a re­view of the com­mu­nity grants fund. The last re­view was com­pleted in 2013/14.

Coun­cil held two work­shops to dis­cuss the fu­ture role in pro­vid­ing com­mu­nity fund­ing as­sis­tance.

It’s those work­shops and fur­ther anal­y­sis of the sit­u­a­tion which formed the bulk of the re­port by Hunter.

If ap­proved, the to­tal in­crease to the op­er­at­ing bud­get would be $36,000 for the 2017/18 year.

The re­port also asked coun­cil to con­firm the an­nual bud­get for the com­mu­nity grants and may­oral fund in the draft 2018-28 long term plan. Coun­cil would also con­firm how it would re­view the grants in the fu­ture.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions from the most re­cent com­mu­nity ward grants round in­cluded Mata­mata Ge­ri­atric Day Care Cen­tre, which was granted $250, close to the amount of its $350 ap­pli­ca­tion.

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

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

LAWRENCE GULLERY

Par­ents and chil­dren en­joy­ing a Christ­mas func­tion at Mata­mata Play­cen­tre last year. The play­cen­tre re­ceived $100 to­wards projects from the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity ward grants ear­lier this year.

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