Or­gan­i­sa­tions get a boost in fund­ing

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Thirty-two Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions will get a boost in fund­ing, thanks to grants from the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Or­gan­i­sa­tions Scheme.

The Fund is avail­able to com­mu­nity-based vol­un­tary non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay. The $30,000 fund is made up of two cat­e­gories, with $10,000 avail­able for new com­mu­nity projects and ini­tia­tives and $20,000 for or­gan­i­sa­tions for on­go­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port.

The fund re­ceived 44 ap­pli­ca­tions, the high­est num­ber of re­quests in the funds his­tory with over $140,000 be­ing col­lec­tively sought from the fund.

Re­cip­i­ents re­ceived fund­ing rang­ing from $430 to $2500 with some of the re­cip­i­ents be­ing the Taka­pau Christ­mas Lights House, Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Food­bank, El­sthorpe Com­mu­nity Play­group, Po­ran­ga­hau Play cen­tre, Puke­hou Play­group and the On­gaonga His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

“It’s a huge chal­lenge for the as­sess­ment com­mit­tee bal­anc­ing and pri­ori­tis­ing which lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to sup­port,” says CHB District Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment lead Chris­tine Re­nata. “They all make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay. While the value of some funds might seem small, we know that the im­pact they have on the or­gan­i­sa­tions that re­ceive them is huge”.

As part of the 2018 Long Term Plan, the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil in­creased the Com­mu­nity Vol­un­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tion Sup­port Fund by $5000, not­ing the im­pact funds have on com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and its con­tri­bu­tion to the out­comes of Project THRIVE.

Funds have been fully al­lo­cated for the 2018/19 year with the next fund­ing round open­ing in July 2019.

Brenda Black­ett at home in the Taka­pau Christ­mas Lights House — one of the projects to gain sup­port from the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Or­gan­i­sa­tions Scheme.

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