Community Development Match Fund is about helping groups deliver new initiatives that foster strong, innovative and vibrant communities, by contributing 50 per cent of project costs up to $10,000.
Funding is open to not-for-profit groups, community groups, and informal grassroots neighbourhood groups. Projects funded need to provide a public benefit, be free and open to members of the public and be initiated, planned and implemented by members of the community.
There are two different sized grants that groups can apply for – small (up to $1,000) and medium (up to $10,000). Until 31 May, applicants can apply for the medium grants round, which is only available twice a year.
Meagan Holmes, Manager: Community Development says, “The Match Fund has funded some great community projects, including The Incubator Growing Arts & Culture exhibition series and gallery, a community food caravan for the Haeata Charitable Trust and the Coast Gardens' Sustainable Gardens in School project, plus many, many more.
“We want to keep the initiative growing; it's great to see the positive difference we can make in our community when we work together. If you have a great idea for a new community project and would like to apply for funding of up to $10,000, make sure you get in touch soon because medium grant applications close at the end of May.”
For more information, including who can apply, guidelines for applicants and application forms, visit matchfund.tauranga.govt.nz, or call Debbie Currin in the Community Development team on 07 577 7000.
Medium grant applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, 31 May 2017.