Western Bay’s Community Matching Fund now open

Listed on Monday 12 April 2021 | No Advertiser Specified | Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Does your community group have a project in mind that needs extra funding to get it over the line?

Then make sure you apply for Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s $140,000 Community Matching Fund.

Open now until May 28 2021, the annual fund is eligible for not-for-profit community groups that are able to ‘match’ council’s cash grant – be it in volunteer hours, cash or in kind contributions.

The fund is split into $40,000 for specific projects that benefit the natural environment and $100,000 for the general fund for social, recreational and cultural initiatives. Most individual applications in the past have averaged from $1000, to $10,000.

Over the years the money has been a key to many groups across the Western Bay getting their projects off the ground.

Council’s Community Team Manager David Pearce says the Community Matching Fund is a valuable resource for those groups that stand out as self sufficient in their own right but who struggle to raise finance for bigger projects.

“Raising funds is a constant challenge for community groups and possibly more so this year in the wake of Covid-19 preventing groups from raising funds to the same extent as in the past.

“This is a great opportunity for groups to expand their pool of funds or to get projects completed sooner than may have been possible otherwise.”

Last year the Community Matching Fund was temporarily replaced by the Community Resilience Fund, which distributed $300,000 to 49 local groups financially hit by Covid-19.

Recent Community Matching Fund recipients include: Te Puke High School leadership programme Cactus; Rotoehu Ecological Trust; Pukehina Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association; Te Puke Toy Library; Love 4 Life Omokoroa; Aongatete Forest Project; Kotukutuku Gully Maketu; Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group; Katikati Menz Shed; Makahae Marae environmental enhancement.

This year all Community Matching Fund applications must be submitted online – there will be no hard copies available.

To help anyone needing assistance with filling out and submitting their application, council’s Community Team will be holding information sessions in the District’s libraries.

These will be held at:
The Centre – Patuki Manawa, Katikati Library: May 4, 11.30am-3.30pm – Aongatete Room
Waihi Beach Library: May 7, 10am-2pm
Te Puke Library: May 10, 11am-3pm – Boardroom
Omokoroa Library: May 11, 11am-3pm – Whakamarama Room

Credit: Photo by Thomas Coker on Unsplash

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