Grants aid Hibiscus and Bays community projects

Publish Date : 29 May 2023
Grants aid Hibiscus and Bays community projects
A grant helped with band stage costs for Summer Spectacular held in Browns Bay.

Fifty-five community organisations received $259,247 in the final round of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Grants Programme for 2022/2023.

Among the grants is one for counsellor costs for the Youth in Transition Charitable Trust which runs programmes that support vulnerable young people. Other grants include the Mairangi Bay Bowling Club for heat pumps and the Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club for sports equipment.

Local board Chair Gary Brown says grants are essential to the groups and organisations that are making such a positive difference in the community.

“We are pleased to be able to support as many groups as we can so they can continue to do amazing work.

“There are many deserving projects, and grant applications always exceed the budget available.

“Partly funding projects can be a catalyst that enables individuals and groups to obtain the rest of the funds and resources they need to be able to deliver a programme.”

All up, 35 organisations received local grants that ranged from $1000 to $8000 for a wide range of projects, many with a youth or family focus including coaching and mentoring, and the hire or purchase of equipment and materials for a variety of programmes and events.

The board also approved eight multi-board grants totalling $13,500. Multi-board grants are for projects or activities that are held or have participants in three or more local board areas.

YMCA North Incorporated’s facilities grant is for a concept design to develop a superhub at Metro Park. The grant is conditional on receiving a council regional grant.

Facilities grants, provide funding to assist with the costs of planning or developing a facility within the local board area. The grants can be used for needs assessments, feasibility studies, investigation and design costs, and small building works. Twelve organisations received facilities grants totalling $142,000.

Details of the local grant round two, multi-board grant round two and facilities grant round one for 2022/2023 are available here.

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