MP wel­comes in­jec­tion of cash for char­i­ties

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Taupo MP Louise Up­ston wel­comed the fifth round of the Govern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Re­sponse Fund which is de­liv­er­ing over $100,000 to or­gan­i­sa­tions in the South Waikato.

‘‘This fund­ing boost will go a long way to help­ing peo­ple in the South Waikato com­mu­nity,’’ Mrs Up­ston said.

‘‘These groups are crit­i­cal to us in the Taupo elec­torate and they know what our com­mu­nity needs. The Toko­roa Bud­get Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice, South Waikato Liv­ing With­out Vi­o­lence Trust and Toko­roa Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vices have re­ceived fund­ing to­talling over $118,000.

‘‘The Na­tional-led Govern­ment recog­nises the im­por­tance of what they do and the Com­mu­nity Re­sponse Fund helps them meet com­mu­nity needs at a time when find­ing money is just not that easy. Many or­gan­i­sa­tions which ser­vice the Taupo elec­torate de­liver cru­cial com­mu­nity-based so­cial ser­vices, such as bud­get and fi­nan­cial ad­vice, help­ing peo­ple deal with fam­ily vi­o­lence, child abuse and ne­glect, and early in­ter­ven­tion for vul­ner­a­ble and at-risk peo­ple and fam­i­lies.’’

The fifth round of the Com­mu­nity Re­sponse Fund had granted more than $7.5 mil­lion to 131 com­mu­nity groups around the coun­try.

Since June 2009 to­tal as­sis­tance from this fund had reached $41 mil­lion, to 779 com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Govern­ment set up the Com­mu­nity Re­sponse Fund in re­sponse to the in­creased de­mand for ser­vices dur­ing the eco­nomic down­turn.

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