Applications open for grants

Sep 7th, 2018 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
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Funding applications are now open for two of the Waikato District Council’s grant funds.

The two funds, which support a range of heritage and community projects, are the council’s Heritage Project Fund and its Discretionary Grants Fund.

The grants enable community groups to meet local needs and aspirations, said the council’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Whittaker.

“We look forward to hearing from local groups as to how we might assist them with appropriate Council funding,” he said.

Upcoming events that have recently won support through the Discretionary Grants Fund include:
• a family-friendly ‘light party’ for the Mangatangi community being run as an alternative to Halloween in October by the Crossroads Charitable Trust (allocated $2,000),
• The Ngaruawahia United Associated Football Club 50th anniversary celebrations in October including a commemorative game featuring players from the past five decades (allocated $7,624),
• a road cycling teams event in November expected to involve more than 350 riders on a circuit from Ngaruawahia through the Waikato countryside and being hosted by the Dynamo Cycling and Sports Club (allocated $4,000),
• Te Kauwhata’s A&P Show expected to attract people from around the district in December (allocated $6,293), and
• The free Raglan Music and Dance Festival run by Waikato Rocks Trust in December to showcase local bands and dance groups and expected to attract about 3,000 people (allocated $3,000).

Projects that have recently won support through the Discretionary Grants Fund and the Heritage Project Fund include:
• a ‘Paper4trees’ waste minimisation and native tree planting programme for schools and preschools in Waikato district run by the Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (allocated $1,748.60),
• an extension to the heritage train carriage shelter at Pukemiro Junction operated by the Bush Tramway Club on regular public open days and by-charter arrangements (allocated $3,104.35), and
• the production of a local history book and educational resource, ‘Wāhia Ngā Rua’ by Mai Uenuku ki te Whenua Marae, which tells the story of the prominent Waikato chief Ngaere and how Ngaruawahia and the Hakarimata Ranges were named in the late 1600s (allocated $5,000).

The Discretionary Grants Fund is now open for application until October 5, and the Heritage Project Fund is open for application until October 26.

Go to www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/funding for application forms and guidelines.

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