Otago Daily Times

$300,000 in grants for groups


MORE than $300,000 in grants were dished out by the Dunedin City Council to a variety of community groups last week.

Nine ‘‘placebased’’ community groups across Dunedin have been allocated $311,050 in grants by the council’s grants subcommitt­ee.

Its chairwoman, Cr Christine Garey, said that she was proud to help support important community groups and that the council had been able to sustain its funding through such difficult times.

‘‘Given the ongoing impact of Covid19 in our community, the work of these groups and our support of that has never been more important than it is now.’’

The grants were drawn from the council’s placebased community fund and support groups to undertake projects which strengthen community and economic wellbeing within geographic­al areas.

The fund was establishe­d in 2018 and since then has granted more than $900,000 to placebased community groups focused on understand­ing and responding to local community needs and priorities.

All but one of the recipients in the latest round of grants have previously received funding from council.

The recipients were: the North East Valley Community Developmen­t Project, $55,000; Blueskin Resilience Communitie­s Trust, $30,000; Brockville Improvemen­t & Amenities Society $40,850; Caversham Community Group, $5,000, Progress of Waikouaiti Area, $29,000; Corstorphi­ne Community Hub, $30,000; Greater Green Island Community Network, $47,795; South Dunedin Community Network $40,000; Saddle Hill Foundation Trust, $33,405.

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