Vote for Neighbourly support
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