Grant recipients foster social inclusion and equity

Publish Date : 28 Feb 2019
Grant recipients foster social inclusion and equity
Grant recipients foster social inclusion and equity (1)
“WISE helped me share my goals and dreams and helped me achieve them” WISE project participant

Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee approved Regional Community Development Grants totalling $295,000 to 14 community organisations at its February meeting.

Councillor Cathy Casey, chair of the committee, says the grants help community groups to deliver a tolerant, more inclusive Auckland

“We believe this funding will not only help successful applicants deliver projects that help build social inclusion, equity and thriving communities, but will also help organisations increase their own capacity and capabilities and those of their diverse communities.”

Rochana Sheward, Chief Executive of Belong Aotearoa, is thrilled to receive funding from the Community Development Grant again and says that previous funding was instrumental in helping the WISE (women, inspired, strong and enterprising) women’s collective develop their social enterprise project.

“Supporting women from a refugee background, the WISE project helps participants develop the necessary knowledge, skills, confidence and resources to start-up or contribute to activities to generate income for their families.

“The funding we have received from the council has made a positive difference in the lives of the women who participate,” says Ms Sheward.

“By increasing their participation in society, our participants feel less isolated and more empowered to seek opportunities in education, enterprise and employment. The Community Development Funding really helps us work towards our goals of improving a sense of belonging in Auckland. Thanks Auckland Council!”

Who else received funding?

The following organisations received funding from the 2018/2019 Regional Community Development Fund. More information on each project can be found on here



Auckland Action Against Poverty

Advocacy Community Education Programme

Auckland Deaf Society Incorporated

My vision=My reality: Grassroots Deaf Project Development

Auckland North Community and Development Inc

Auckland Community Accounting (ACA) Assisting Māori and Pasifika Community Groups in the Auckland Region

Auckland Refugee Council Incorporated

Asylum Seekers Support Trust (ASST) Social Engagement Programme

Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust / Belong Aotearoa 

Inclusive Auckland

Catalyse Network

Further development of Placemaking Kits

ECPAT Child Alert Trust

Community Education and Awareness Raising on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Inspiring Communities

Community Led Development network events


Expanding OUTLine's Service Delivery

Shakti Legal Advocacy and Family Social Services Inc

Shakti Youth Network for Change

Social Enterprise Auckland

Social enterprise eco-system strengthening

Taulanga U Trust

Grow Healthy Community by Living Viable Lifestyles."

Te Roopu Waiora Trust

Hauatanga: Changing Attitudes & re-building indigenous/traditional Māori concepts to expand the understanding of disability

Volunteering Auckland Trust

Strengthening Communities through Volunteering

To see if your organisation is eligible to be considered for funding and for more information on the council’s Regional Community Development Fund check out the council’s website.

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