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Waikato district community and volunteer groups have until the end of next week, Friday, March 18, to apply for funding under one of the district’s community funds.

The Community Wellbeing Trust supports non-commercial projects that benefit the wider community and have broad community support.

The trust, administered by the Waikato District Council with the help of community representatives, has regularly funded about four projects a year.

Preference is given to projects that require capital funding and that will enable the project to be completed. They must contribute to the council’s community outcomes and goals that include providing accessible services, facilities and activities that create a supported, healthy, safe and engaged community.

Last year, the trust supported the Ngaruawahia United Football Club with $30,500 to help upgrade its kitchen facilities, the Bush Tramway Club Glen Afton with $31,096 to complete stage 3 of the historic railway track leading into Glen Afton, Te Kauwhata Community Events Incorporated with $40,000 to commence stage one of the Whangamarino Wetland Walkway and the Onewhero Old School Group with $35,000 to re-site the original old school building back onto the area school’s grounds.

Applications – see details here – must be endorsed by the council before being considered by the trust, which then announces its annual distribution in September.

The trust fund is one of a number of community funds administered by the Waikato District Council for community grassroots projects. Further information about these funds and how to apply for them can be found here on the council’s funding page on its website.

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