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Skycity Auck Community Trust Calls For Application

Skycity Auckland Community Trust Calls For Applications

Applications are currently being sought for the ninth annual SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust funding round, which will provide grants to community groups and charitable organisations in the wider Auckland region over the next twelve months.

The close-off date for submissions is 5:00pm 26 March 2004 with the list of successful applicants to be confirmed in early June 2004.

Chairman of the SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust Jock Irvine says that the Trust is a positive way for SKYCITY Auckland to contribute to the community in which it operates.

“Last year more than 500 applications were received from organisations carrying out community assistance and development work ranging from rescue and emergency services, health initiatives and disability groups to the arts, education and visitor attractions.

“We confirmed 118 successful applications in 2003 which together received over $2.8 million in varying amounts ranging from five hundred dollars through to more than $200,000.

“Some examples of the many worthy organisations that the Trust assisted in last year’s funding round are a bone density scanner for Middlemore Hospital ($135,835), the new Auckland Performing Arts Centre, Western Springs ($25,000) and the provision of computers for five South Auckland Kindergartens ($14,670),” says Mr Irvine.

Other Trust funded projects that are currently in progress include the fit out of a new auditorium for the Auckland War Memorial Museum ($225,000), the restoration of New Zealand artist Colin McCahon’s home in Titirangi, (including an oral history and website project), ($214,790), a new dementia care facility for St Andrew’s Home and Hospital, Glendowie ($50,000) and an animal husbandry programme at Auckland Zoo ($15,000).

The SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust was voluntarily established in 1996, as part of SKYCITY Auckland’s casino licence application process, to provide funds for community and charitable purposes.

In the first quarter of each year the Trust invites applications for grants from a wide range of community and charitable organisations. Funds available for distribution are 2.5% of the net annual profit from SKYCITY Auckland or a minimum of $500,000 per annum.

The SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust has to date distributed almost $12 million in grants to the community and charitable purposes.

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