It’s time to ap­ply for cost grants

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

Ro­torua or­gan­i­sa­tions can get fund­ing for op­er­a­tional costs, with Ro­torua Trust open­ing its three­yearly Op­er­at­ing Cost grant cy­cle.

With $550,000 set aside for each of the next three years, Ro­torua Trust chair­man Ste­wart Ed­ward wants Ro­torua-based or­gan­i­sa­tions to get ap­pli­ca­tions in.

He says there is gen­er­ally lit­tle fund­ing for op­er­at­ing costs.

“Once ev­ery three years we open up to com­mu­nity groups who want to ap­ply for sup­port for on­go­ing ex­penses such as rent, rates, in­sur­ance or elec­tric­ity. We know how costly it can be for or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­liver com­mu­nity out­comes, so it is great to be able to help them help oth­ers.”

Most op­er­at­ing grants are be­tween $2000 and $5000 a year, for three years.

To be el­i­gi­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions need to be based in Ro­torua, reg­is­tered with the Char­i­ties Com­mis­sion, have been op­er­at­ing for at least two years and be able to demon­strate strong gov­er­nance and mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.

“They need to pro­vide a ser­vice to the Ro­torua com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially in our pri­or­ity fund­ing ar­eas — health and the first 1000 days of a child’s life, ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, vi­brancy, the en­vi­ron­ment and re­new­able en­ergy, and strength­en­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able from the Trust’s of­fice and on the web­site, www.ro­toru­a­trust.org.nz, open un­til Fri­day Novem­ber 9.

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