Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

New Council community fund invites applications

New Council community fund invites applications

A new Gisborne District Council funding initiative to support community groups with community projects is inviting applications. The Community-led Development Matching Fund aims to support community-led projects to build stronger and healthier communities.

Some of the best ideas to develop our neighbourhoods are owned and led by community groups, says community planning and development group manager Nedine Thatcher-Swann. “Council regularly gets requests from groups for assistance with funding for a wide range of often very worthwhile projects. Council wants to support community-led projects and now has a small fund available to do this. In the past there has been no provision in our planning to assist these requests.”

“Funding will go to projects that empower people to work in their own neighbourhood; get communities working together revitalising shared places and spaces or sharing their talents and skills on neighbourhood projects. These will be projects that the community wants; they will not be directed by Council. Our role is simply to assist with funding.”

“Council is looking at matching people’s effort rather than giving a hand out. The emphasis is on self help. Applications must show what the group is contributing to the project. This could be volunteer involvement as well as fundraising, gifts, donated goods, services or donations from other funders.”

“The idea of a matching fund was mooted after a visit last year from Seattle-based community development champion Jim Diers. His passion for community building and participatory democracy is based on decades of experience with grassroots community organisations and government organisations.”

Applications for small grants up to $200 can be made at any time and decisions are made within two weeks of the application being received by Council.

Applications for medium grants up to $5000 will also be available through three rounds per year. The first round is currently open for applications until 31 March 2014. There will be two more rounds in June and October.

Further details and application forms are from Council’s website or from Customer Service in Fitzherbert Street or Te Puia Springs.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>

 
 

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election