Twelve funding wishes granted

An aerial view of Kawerau. Photo: Christel Yardley/Stuff.

Twelve organisations will receive a funding boost, thanks to the Kawerau District Council Community Grants scheme.

The council resolved to distribute a total of $19,150 to non-profit groups working to enhance the well-being of Kawerau people, with amounts ranging from $300 to $2500.

The maximum amount that can be applied for by any one group is $3000.

Kawerau Community Patrol and Kawerau Golf and Squash Club are the biggest recipients with $2500 each.

The community patrol received the funding for new uniforms and petrol costs, and the golf club needed new backpack sprayers and a compressor. Kawerau Blue Light Ventures, Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty, Budget Advisory Service (Rangitaiki) and Alzheimer’s Society EBOP will each get $2000.

Parkinson’s NZ Charitable Trust, Ktown Community Animal Welfare and Victim Support each received $1500. Whakatane Kiwi Trust was granted $850 for education sessions at Kawerau South Primary School, the Epilepsy Association of New Zealand were approved for $500 and Kawerau Seniors Forum $300.

While many of the organisations are national or regional, all of the funding will be used for projects that benefit Kawerau.

There were 17 organisations that applied for grants.

Those that did not receive them were Friendship Club of Kawerau, Tu Manawa Pono a Kawerau, Rainbow Tribe Kids Care, Toi Kai Rawa and Ngahau Mahahi. Some of these did not meet the criteria for the grant.

Mayor Malcolm Campbell thanks all who applied.

“For those who were not successful, we hope you will try again next year.”

Applications for the council’s Creative New Zealand Communities Grant Scheme, funded by Creative NZ for projects that will benefit Kawerau and have an arts focus, are open until November 2.

The twice yearly allocation was not awarded last time due to Covid-19 so now has over $40,000 in funds to give away.

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