Time running out for community funding

Applications for Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Community Matching Fund and Facilities in the Community Fund close on Tuesday May 31. Photo: SunLive.

Time is running out to apply for a share of more than $200,000 to help get your community project across the line.

Applications for Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Community Matching Fund and Facilities in the Community Fund close on Tuesday, May 31.

The Community Matching Fund has $140,000 up for grabs, which includes $40,000 for environmental projects and $100,000 for general projects that make a positive difference for the Western Bay community.

The only catch - groups will need to ‘match’ the cash grant they’re seeking from Council – be it in volunteer hours, cash, or in-kind contributions. ­

This year, $74,000 is also available from the Facilities in the Community Fund, which is aimed specifically at developing or upgrading recreational facilities that are available for public use on non-public land. The facility must be in response to population growth in the area.

Council’s community manager David Pearce is urging community groups to get their applications in soon.

“We want to help as many groups as possible to achieve their goals and bring their projects to life.

“These are projects that provide fantastic benefit to the community. Whether it’s a general, environmental, or recreational project, we’re keen to hear about it.”

Groups can apply for both funds online through Council’s website. Forms, further information and eligibility criteria are available at www.westernbay.govt.nz/grants.

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday, May 31.




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