Up to $10,000 for community groups

Tauranga City Council is offering up to $10,000 in grants towards costs for community projects.

Tauranga City Council is inviting groups to apply for funding from the Community Development Match Fund.

The fund 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 May 31, applicants can apply for the medium grants round, which is only available twice a year.

Tauranga City Council community development manager Meagan Holmes says the Match Fund has funded some great community projects.

“These include 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, as 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, May 31.


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