Grants help Hibiscus and Bays community projects

Publish Date : 10 Jun 2024
Oagrants Hibiscus And Bays

Forty-four organisations were recently awarded a share of $293,855.81 to support their work helping communities in Hibiscus and Bays.

The funding comes from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board’s grants programme and is the final round for the current financial year.

Board chair Alexis Poppelbaum says that the grants programme supports groups and organisations who deliver great community outcomes.

“We are excited about the range and quality of applications this time around. Our aim is to strengthen relationships with local groups and organisations as we want them to thrive.
“We like to see community groups who work collaboratively with others and that can attract other funding, to become financially sustainable and resilient.

“Equally, it’s good that new groups and organisations are applying especially if they are delivering programmes and events which have positive impacts on parts of the community that we can’t always reach.”

A total of 22 organisations received local grants that ranged from $651 to $10,000 for a wide range of projects, mostly in the community category followed by arts and culture, and the environment.

Among the environmental grants is one of $10,000 for Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae who will organise to remove an old, abandoned tugboat from the Weiti River which has been a hazard for many years and getting rid of it will restore the marine, plant and animal wildlife.

In the community category, a grant of $9,000 went to the Youth In Transition Charitable Trust for therapists and youth mentors who will deliver The Journey Back to Awesome programme that includes ongoing one-on-one counselling for at-risk youth.

Also in the community category, the Whangaparāoa Community Patrol received $9,151.82 towards the cost of a camera and installation that will be monitored by the NZ Police to keep Hibiscus Coast residents safe.

The board also approved nine multi-board grants totalling $22,860. Multi-board grants are for projects or activities that are held or have participants in three or more local board areas.

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust received a multi-board grant of $5,000 towards specialist contractor fees for volunteer and triage support staff supervision. Another multi-board grant of $4,000 went to The Garden to Table Trust for salaries, mileage, and home office costs to continue the Garden to Table Food Education Programme.

Several grants were referred to the facilities grants round with a total of $188,026.08 awarded to 13 organisations. Facilities grant amounts ranged from $2,000 up to $30,000.

The Centrestage Theatre Company and Browns Bay Racquets Club, each received facilities grants of $30,000 while Ōrewa Surf Life Saving Club, Mairangi Bay Surf lifesaving Club, and the HBC Youth Centre all received $20,000 each.

Windsor Park Community Multisport Hub, and the Mairangi Bay Scout Group both received $14,800. Ngā Whare Maha Te Kōhanga Reo received $15,000 to expand their food garden to support and educate children and their whanau, outcomes which link strongly to the local board plan.

The full list of local and multi-board grants round two, and facilities grants for 2023/2024 are available here.

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