More dollars for local charities
‘‘...we try to do the best we can with what we have.’’
In a financial boost, Wairarapa charities received over half a million dollars in community grants from a leading charitable trust this year.
In the year ending March 31, the Eastern & Central Community Trust distributed $657,000 to 60 organisations throughout Wairarapa.
At the organisation’s annual public meeting, held in Carterton, chair Geoff Milner said the who received funding were just the tip of the iceberg in terms of applications.
‘‘We always receive more applications than we have money for, so we try to do the best we can with what we have,’’ he said.
‘‘Fortunately, this year, despite the global instability, we’ve been able to grow our investments, so we can continue to assist organisations across our region to help build stronger, more sustainable communities at similar levels to previous years.’’
According to Eastern & Central’s website the biggest beneficiary was the Bring it to Colombo Trust, which received $175,000 to upgrade Colombo Road’s netball facility.
$30,000 went to the Wellington Gliding Club, $35,000 to the Wairarapa Rural Fire District and $40,000 to Nga¯i Tu¯mapu¯hiaa¯-Rangi ki Motuwairaka Inc.
Milner said the trust had held meetings across the region to help decide where to best place its grants.