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Council community fund invites applications

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Release date:
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Fitzherbert Street, Gisborne, New Zealand. www.gdc.govt.nz


Council community fund invites applications


The Community Led Development Matching fund from Gisborne District Council is inviting applications to its last funding round of 2014.

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.

“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.”

Applications for medium grants up to $5000 close on Friday 31 October and a decision is made within six weeks of the closing date.

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.

“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.”

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

ENDS


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