South Auckland Choral Society singers will be hitting the high notes after Papakura Local Board granted the group another $2500.
The society initially asked for $4000, but, with the grants programme heavily over-subscribed, got only $1500 towards the cost of its performances.
But now the board has topped up grants funding from underspends on projects throughout the year.
That sees the singers joining Māori Wardens, Papakura Marae and Ardmore Air Training Corp members in having their grants boosted to meet their full requests.
The wardens needed $25,000 but asked for $15,000 towards a new vehicle, believing seeking more might see the request dismissed altogether.
They received $5000 and have since confirmed they need another $20,000 to get the right vehicle, with the board agreeing to another $10,000, and any remaining funds in the budget after all successful grants have been accounted for.
Papakura Marae’s Christmas at the Pā initially received $2500 and will now get the same again to guarantee the event can go ahead.
Ardmore’s No 4 Squadron Air Training Corp members get the same deal to fund training supplies and camping equipment.
The board also announced more than $25,000 under its small grants round:
- Dog of the Year Show, event costs $500
- Te Maunga Kohungahunga Kohanga Reo, costs and toys $1709
- Takanini Netball Club, prizegiving costs $977
- Gateway Community Trust, event costs $2000
- Kī o Rahi Tāmaki Makaurau, sport event costs $2000
- Conifer Grove Residents Assoc, security and office costs $800
- Te Tumu, waka ama paddles $1000
- Blue Light Ventures, fun day costs $2000
- Papakura Toy Library, equipment $1650
- Kokako Lodge Trust, kayaks $1546
- Whiri Aroha, korowai materials $2000
- Counties Manukau Gymnastics, sports costs $1460
- Karaka Harbourside Community Group, noticeboard costs $2000
- Drury Kiwanis, award costs $600
- Drury Playcentre, children’s furniture $2000
- Papakura Business Association, event costs $1300.