Experts give tips on finding funding
Tips on how to fund community projects and events will be shared by experts at a series of free workshops across Northland next week, one of the key goals being to demystify the funding process, which can be daunting for those who have little experience in gathering and presenting the detailed information funders often require.
The workshops — Kaikohe Memorial Hall on Tuesday May 14, Te Ahu in Kaitaia Wednesday 15 — will be open to all groups and individuals involved in community-based, not-for-profit projects.
Representatives from key funding agencies, such as the Department of Internal Affairs and Northland Community Foundation, will present at each venue, along with financial and marketing experts. Each fourhour session will begin at 10am, with the first hour devoted to presentations on resources, applications and specific funds.
Attendees will then be able to book 15-minute appointments with funding organisations and experts to discuss options for their projects.
Bronwyn Porter, from MPRE Marketing, who has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than a decade, will presenting at workshops in Kaitaia, Kaikohe and Whanga¯rei, exploring how community groups can tap into funding to complement more traditional fixed-term grants.
“Most groups have wellestablished networks within their communities, and I hope to show how these can be used to create sustainable funding streams,” she said. “This can reduce reliance on one or two large funders so groups can continue their work even if they miss out on a key grant during the life of their project.”
■ Go to www.fndc.govt.nz/ funding2019 for more information and/or to book 15-minute appointments with presenters.