Ex­perts give tips on find­ing fund­ing

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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