Assisting the wider community of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu with local board grants remains a focus for the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board.
The board’s 2023/2024 Grants Programme for grants up to $2000 is open for funding applications and people or groups are encouraged to apply.
Local board chair Tauanu’u Nick Bakulich says, “There are lots of not-for-profit groups doing great work for the wider community of Mangere-Otahuhu, and the board would like them to tell us how we can help them.”
The grants will support programmes or projects that meet one or more of the boards outcomes:
targeted at growing a confident and sustainable local economy
building well connected, engaged and active communities
protecting our environment and heritage for future generations
celebrating our unique tanga whenua and pacific identities
opportunities for our children and young people to grow and succeed, and thrive and belong in safe, healthy communities.
Bakulich says that higher priority is based on projects or activities that can significantly contribute and help better the area.
“As a board, we want to focus on funding projects that support the revitalising and increasing of economic activity in our local town centres, support environmental and waste minisation goals, help increase digital capability, and help to make our communities safer and healthier. We are also keen to support projects that encourage healthier lifestyles as well as supporting our vulnerable communities," he adds.
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 $206,147.19 shared by 86 groups.
“The Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board has re-invested back to the community by way of grants, we’d love for the community to keep sharing the grant details as there are still some who are not aware that this assistance is available”, adds Bakulich.
Local grants are available once or twice a year, with a round open now until 22 September 2023. Grants of $2,000 and up are offered to support arts, community, environment, events, heritage and sports and recreation groups.
Quick response grants are generally up to $2,000 and are offered up to twice a year. Applications open and close on 8 September 2023 and support work in the same areas.
Multiboard grants are for projects or activities that are either held or have participants in three or more local board areas. Applications for first round close on 01 September 2023. Find out more here.
Revitalise Town Centre & Environment grants are for local initiatives, events and activations that encourage and contribute towards building thriving town centres, and supporting and growing environmental efforts within our area. These grants are now open until 22 September 2023.
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