Almost $240,000 has been awarded in the final round of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board’s grant funding for 2021/2022. The round was oversubscribed by 300 per cent with 52 applications received.
Among the grants is one for Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol Charitable Trust to install street cameras in Ōrewa in conjunction with the police. The cameras will operate 24/7 in the town centre, and it is hoped that will create a safer environment for everyone.
Board chair Gary Brown says there were many deserving projects and even with the budget available, it still meant tough calls had to be made.
“These grants are essential to the groups and organisations that are making such a positive difference in our community.
“We have tried to fund as many as possible while supporting projects that meet community needs and deliver on our local board priorities and outcomes.”
Local grants recipients are:
- Youth in Transition Charitable Trust $2,000
- The Upside Downs Education Trust $1,000
- Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol Charitable Trust $10,000
- Friends of Okura Bush Incorporated $1,000
- Mairangi Arts Centre Trust $2,000
- Rodney Neighbourhood Support Incorporated $2,138.40
- Centennial Park Bush Society $1,000
- Auckland Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association Incorporated $500
- Coast Community Trust $2,000
- Coast Youth Community Trust Incorporated $2,000
- Silverdale and Districts Historical Society $10,000
- Hibiscus Coast Youth Council Incorporated $2,000
- Pacific Integrated Foundation Trust $3,000
- Whangaparaoa Community Patrol Charitable Trust $2,500
- Youthline Auckland charitable Trust $1,000
- Hestia Rodney Women's Refuge Incorporated $3,000
- Feeling Fab Charitable Trust $1,000
- Marist North Harbour Rugby and Sports Club Incorporated $1,000
- Hibiscus Coast Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren Incorporated $6,000
- North Shore Budget Service Incorporated $2,000
- Centrestage Theatre Company (Orewa) Inc $1,000
- Manly Park Seniors Tennis Club Incorporated $7,026.73
- Long Bay Okura Great Park Society Incorporated $3,000
- Estuary Arts Charitable Trust $3,000
- Torbay Business Association Incorporated $3,000
- YMCA North Incorporated $2,000
- Hibiscus Coast Softball Club Incorporated $2,000.
The board also approved nine multi-board grants totalling $12,000. Multi-board grants are for projects or activities that are held, or have participants, in three or more local board areas.
Torbay Lawn Tennis Club received a grant to replace court surfaces badly damaged by swarms of beetles. Known as the facilities grant, it provides funding to assist with the costs of planning or developing a facility within the local board area. The grant can be used for needs assessments, feasibility studies, investigation and design costs, and small building works.
Facilities grants recipients are:
- Coastguard Hibiscus Incorporated, $30,000, refitting crew headquarters
- Torbay Lawn Tennis Club Incorporated, $30,000, resurfacing tennis courts
- Netball North Harbour Incorporated, $30,000, floodlights for Hibiscus Coast Netball Centre
- Silverdale Squash Club Incorporated, $15,000, for key access system
- Orewa Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated, $20,000, for consultancy services
- YMCA North Incorporated, $25,000, for feasibility study fees.
The local board discussed the various applications and made decisions at the June business meeting.
Apply for a grant
Local grants are offered twice a year and facilities grants once a year. Applicants have until 8 July to apply for a local grant at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Grant decisions will be made at the business meeting on 18 August and projects must start after 1 December.
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