Community organisations in Hibiscus and Bays received $92,489.39 from the local board grants programme in August.
In total, 21 organisations were awarded grants ranging from $2000 to $10,000 for a wide range of projects many with a youth focus including coaching and training fees, hire or purchase of sports equipment, and materials for a variety of programmes and events.
Additionally, the board also awarded $43,250 to four business associations to develop projects that grow local businesses.
Building capacity for economic recovery
Local economic and business development grants assist business associations plan and develop projects that support and grow local businesses, who contribute to economic prosperity. All the business associations that applied this year were successful.
Browns Bay, Mairangi Bay and Torbay business associations have for the first time, established common goals and will work together to develop initiatives that support small businesses operating throughout East Coast Bays.
While for Business Whangaparāoa, the focus is on sustainable business growth, and networking.
Access to consumer market data for the Browns Bay Business Improvement District, will help the business association identify consumer trends and find new opportunities to grow the local economy.
The Torbay Business Association’s grant will facilitate collaboration between business owners and more opportunities for professional development.
Chair of the Mairangi Bay Business Association Board Chris Harrop says, “What an amazing opportunity to be on the receiving end as a business association of the generosity of the local board to support our application for assistance with funding via the Economic Development Grant round.
“Moving forward this funding will be paramount to supporting and providing a platform for our small association joining forces with Browns Bay and Torbay and collaborating on better ways we can work together on improving our service and efficiency to our businesses and communities.”
Youth and family a strong focus
Grants are assisting youth and families with sailing, camping, playing tennis, cricket and football. There will be free events including paddle and snorkel days, and a Matariki exhibition.
- East Coast Bays Cricket Club Incorporated, $5000, coaches fees
- The Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Foundation Trust, $2000, equipment hire
- Orewa Sea Scouts, $8000, helmets, tents and radio equipment
- The Vine Community Church Charitable Trust, $5000, for equipment, signage and advertising towards events in Gulf Harbour
- Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust, $3000, volunteer training
- East Coast Bays Association Football Club Incorporated, $2000, coaching costs
- Friends of Okura Bush Society Incorporated, $8000, weed control management plan
- Blue Light Ventures Incorporated, $2100, handbook costs
- Mounts to Sea Conservation Trust - Experiencing Marine Reserves, $6000, Summer Series costs
- Browns Bay Business Association Incorporated, $10,000, Summer Spectacular costs
- Auckland King Tides Initiative, $5000, Coast Snap device
- Silverdale Tennis Cub Incorporated, $2000, junior's programme equipment
- Silverdale Squash Club Incorporated, $3000, defibrillator and training
- Recreation Solutions Limited, $5000, student leader training for Taiaotea Stream event
- Mairangi Arts Centre Trust, $5000, various costs for Matariki Exhibition 2023
- 2021 Softball Limited, $4000 school softball kits and transport
- North Shore Photographic Society Incorporated, $2000, various costs for photography event
- Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Board, $9,889.39, security system installation
- Long Bay Baptist Church, $5000, youth work programme resources
- The Helping Paws Charitable Trust, $2500, kitten food costs
- Hibiscus Coast Association Football Club Incorporated, $2000, sporting equipment.
Details of the applications are in the agenda of the board’s August business meeting.
Find out more
The next grants round, which supports the development of local facilities opens on 13 February. Visit the Auckland Council website for details and to apply.
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