Organisations get a boost in funding
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.