Vote for Neigh­bourly sup­port

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions could be in for a boost. Neigh­bourly.co.nz and AMI have joined forces to give cash­strapped, not-for-profit groups a 2016 head start.

AMI Com­mu­nity Grants is an ini­tia­tive de­signed to sup­port and strengthen New Zealand com­mu­ni­ties by dis­tribut­ing fund­ing to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions. The pub­lic is asked to con­trib­ute by de­cid­ing who should re­ceive the $15,000 cash up for grabs.

Neigh­bourly co-founder Casey Eden says or­gan­i­sa­tions not only add colour and per­son­al­ity to our neigh­bour­hoods, they also pro­vide in­com­pa­ra­ble sup­port to those liv­ing within them.

‘‘We’re al­ready con­nect­ing neigh­bours in over 2000 Kiwi neigh­bour­hoods; now we’re help­ing them show their sup­port for their lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions,’’ Casey says.

‘‘Th­ese are or­gan­i­sa­tions that of­ten do in­cred­i­ble work with very lim­ited bud­gets and re­sources.’’

Rang­ing from char­i­ties and NGOs through to churches, schools and sports groups, more than1,500 or­gan­i­sa­tions around New Zealand are suc­cess­fully us­ing Neigh­bourly to con­nect with their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Neigh­bourly mem­bers can vote once a day un­til Fe­bru­ary 19 for the or­gan­i­sa­tion in their com­mu­nity they’d like to take home a share of the cash pool.

A grand prize of $2500 will be gifted to the or­gan­i­sa­tion with the most votes across the coun­try, with prizes of $1000 awarded to the five run­ners up.

A spe­cial AMI Crime & Safety Com­mu­nity Grant of $2,500 will be avail­able for an or­gan­i­sa­tion, char­ity or cam­paign work­ing to make their com­mu­nity a safer place to live.

AMI’s Kevin Hughes says there are many good peo­ple work­ing to im­prove com­mu­nity safety and to make neigh­bour­hoods more pos­i­tive places to live, and is look­ing for­ward to see­ing the com­mu­nity sub­mis­sions for this.

There are also weekly prizes of $1000 for the or­gan­i­sa­tion that gets the most votes each week, along with weekly spot prizes of $100 for vot­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit neigh­bourly.co.nz/com­mu­ni­ty­grants. Or­gan­i­sa­tions wish­ing to join Neigh­bourly should visit neigh­bourly.co.nz/com­mu­nity/ or­gan­i­sa­tion

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