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Funding boost to accommodate diverse communities

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL

MEDIA RELEASE


29 August 2006


Funding boost to accommodate Auckland city’s diverse communities

Community groups throughout Auckland have an opportunity to apply for Auckland City’s community group accommodation support funding.

Applications are invited from Monday, 4 September to 5pm Friday, 6 October 2006.

The fund aims to provide community groups with financial assistance towards accommodation costs for the year from January to December 2007. Costs supported by the fund include rent, rates, regular venue hire, leases and regular hire of sports field for sporting groups.

Councillor Cathy Casey, chair of the Community Development and Equity Committee says it is just one of the many ways in which Auckland City recognises the major contribution community groups’ make in the development of stronger communities.

“Community groups provide people with strong social and support networks. Many groups provide people, regardless of background, lifestyle, ability, culture or ethnicity a sense of belonging thanks to the diverse range of groups available throughout Auckland.

“We want to support community groups who contribute to building and maintaining Auckland’s strong, vibrant and diverse communities,” says Dr Casey.

Auckland City provided $1.3 million in accommodation support funding to more than 270 diverse community groups throughout the Auckland city region last year.

Recipients of last year’s funding included the All Breeds Dog Training Club ($718.60), the Ellerslie Toy Library ($1,149.75), the Good Samaritan for the Disabled Trust ($1,035.00), the Mt Albert Croquet Club ($537.47) and the ESOL Home Tutors Auckland Central ($13,785).

For more information on the community group accommodation support fund including guidelines and application process, community group members are encouraged to attend one of Auckland City’s free public information sessions listed below, visit www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/grantsandfunding or phone 379 2020.

Free information session details:
Wednesday, 13 September at noon
Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings (a sign language interpreter available at this seminar)

Monday, 18 September at 6pm
Avondale Community Centre, 99 Rosebank Road, Avondale

Wednesday, 20 September at 5pm
Mt Albert Community Centre, 773 New North Road, Mt Albert

Thursday, 21 September at 3pm
Orakei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Road, Orakei

Monday, 25 September at 6pm
Glen Innes Community Hall, 96 Line Road, Glen Innes

Wednesday, 27 September at 6.30pm
Old Surfdale Post Office, 6 Hamilton Road, Surfdale

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