Māngere-Ōtāhuhu groups backed

Publish Date : 01 Dec 2023
MO Grants
Ambury Park's horses - and unicorns, if they show up - can expect to keep getting fed!

Almost $200,000 was sought in the first round of Māngere-Otāhuhu Local Board grants, and more than $300,000 in multi-board funding – available to groups that may not be based in a board area, but which operate within it.

Board chair Tauanu'u Nanai Nick Bakulich says that inevitably means many groups failed to secure funding, and others received less than was being sought.

“It’s clear that groups are feeling the pinch and finding it hard to make sure they have the funding in place that guarantees they can continue to deliver for the people they serve.
“We have worked hard to make our dollars go as far as possible and have focussed on groups and organisations that are delivering positive things for our community.”

The board’s total grants budget for the year is just $252,068, with $80,000 of that ring-fenced for applications that meet town centre revitalisation criteria, another $40,000 for environmental outcomes, and $8,500 for youth grants.

The available budget for this founding round was $24,910.

“You can quickly see how the calls on our funding simply can’t be met,” Bakulich says. “But that doesn’t mean those who have not been funded can’t apply again in future.”

Local grants

  • AFL NZ, Walter Massey Park programme

  • Bridge Breakers, Sandy Face event

  • Ambury Park, feed for horses

  • Ōtāhuhu Softball, Wayne Roper tournament

  • Action Education, poetry workshops

  • Life Education, session costs

  • Warriors Foundation, schools project costs

  • Māngere Bridge Ratepayers, defibrillator

  • Road Safety Education, Mt Smart event

  • Māngere 275 Times, Māngere Youth Voices

  • Next Generation, Global Youth Sevens costs

  • Ōtāhuhu College, recycling initiative

  • Panacea Arts Trust, music therapy

  • Seniors and Youth Association, meeting costs

  • YMCA, Raise Up Youth

  • Tread Lightly, environmental classroom

  • Pacific Advance, waka costs.

Multiboard grants

  • Kila's Style Trust, venue hire

  • CNSST Foundation, Chinese courses

  • Disability Sport, awards dinner

  • Upside Youth, mentoring costs

  • Find Your Field of Dreams, community swimming costs

  • Migration Action, English classes.

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