Diverse communities of Howick prepare to dance to a new beat as grants help provide an opportunity to do wonderful things.
Local groups in Howick are being encouraged to apply for financial support of up to $3000 through the Howick Local Board 2023/2024 Grants Programme.
Local board chair Damian Light says, “We’re delighted to once again offer local groups the opportunity to seek financial support through our Community Grants Programme. In the past locals have successfully used these grants to provide amazing outcomes for our diverse communities so we’re proud to be able to continue this programme.”
The grants will support programmes or projects that meet one or more of the boards outcomes:
targeted at supporting people in the community to feel safe, engaged and connected
well planned public spaces that support active, healthy and sustainable lifestyles
heritage, local arts and cultural diversity are valued
the natural environment is protected, restored and enhanced
a prosperous local economy supporting business growth and opportunity
and effective and accessible transport choices.
Higher priority is based on events or activities that are held in the local board area and demonstrate the benefit to the local community, and recovery from significant weather events.
“We’re fortunate to have such a diverse range of community groups and organisations in our area delivering an incredible range of programmes and activities,” says Light.
“We know that sometimes there are unavoidable costs (like venue hire) and we’re pleased we can remove some of the financial barriers to enable our community groups to thrive.”
Grants allow the board to support community-led initiatives and create positive change in the community, support that in the 2022-23 financial year saw $435,149.69 shared by 114 groups.
“While budget cuts and financial pressures have meant we’ve had to reduce our total community grants fund for 2023/2024, we’ve worked hard to ensure that we were able to provide a healthy fund for this year’s programme”, says Light.
Local grants are available once or twice a year, with round one open now until 1 September. Grants of $3,000 and up are offered to support arts, community, environment, events, heritage and sports and recreation groups.
Quick response grants are generally for $300 to $3,000 and are offered more frequently, up to five times a year. Applications open from 9 October to 3 November 2023, and support work in the same areas.
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