30 Oct 2015

2015-16 community investment funding round announced

The latest community investment funding round has been completed, with over $140,000 to be distributed across the community.

Nelson City Council’s Community Investment Fund, previously known as the Community Assistance Fund, has been allocated by a new panel of community members, established following a review of the Community Assistance Policy.


The funding panel is made up of four community representatives and one Council staff member, and will distribute $300,000 annually, with up to $50,000 for small scale projects, to organisations with a focus on social development activities that support the well-being of the wider Nelson community.

“We have listened to the community and have narrowed the focus of this fund. Where previously the criteria included support for sports, arts and events, now there is a sole focus on supporting social development activities,” says Group Manager Community Services and Chair of the Panel, Chris Ward.

In this latest funding round, 12 agreements and 25 grants totalling $142,770, have been allocated to a wide range of not-for-profit organisations delivering social development services in Nelson.

The total amount applied for was $190,774, from a funds pool of $149,070. $96,220 was awarded to agreements and $46,550 in grants for smaller projects. This amount is on top of $150,930, which has already been allocated for this year, from previous funding rounds.

Mayor Rachel Reese says the decision to create the new panel shows Council’s commitment to working closely with the community.

“The public told us they wanted to see continued support for community groups through the community assistance fund. They wanted us to focus on social development. We listened.

“This new panel creates closer collaboration between staff, councillors and the community, and will ensure we are supporting the community in the best way possible,” she says. 

The latest funding round decisions are as follows:

Community Investment Agreements

Organisation

Amount allocated

Beneficiaries and Unwaged
Workers Trust

$7,000


Community Art Works

$10,000

Life Linc Nelson Inc.

$6,000

Male Room Inc.

$6,000

Neighbourhood Support Nelson

$9,900

Nelson Community Christian
Night Shelter

$3,000


Nelson Tasman Housing Trust

$10,500

St Barnabas Church

$15,000

Tahunanui Community Centre

$12,000

Victim Support

$5,000

Victory Community Health

$3,820

Volunteer Nelson

$8,000


Total

$ 96,220

 
Community Investment Grants

Organisation

Amount allocated

Age Concern Nelson Tasman

$1,000

All Saints Anglican Church

$1,500

Arthritis Foundation of NZ Inc.

$1,750

Bhutanese Society of Nelson

$2,500

Chin Community of Nelson

$2,500

Health Action Trust - for COMPASS

$2,100

IHC New Zealand Inc.

$2,500

Male Room Inc.

$2,500

Neighbourhood Support Nelson

$1,000

Nelson Bays Community Law Service

$2,500

Nelson Community Foodbank Trust

$2,500

Nelson Community Toy Library

$2,500

Nelson Multicultural Council Inc.

$2,500

Nelson Multiple Sclerosis Society

$1,200

Nelson Playcentre Association

$1,500

Nelson Women's Support Inc.

$1,500

Post Natal Depression Support Network Nelson Inc

$1,000

Q-Youth Inc.

$2,500

Stoke Community Centre

$2,500

Tahunanui Community Centre

$2,000

Te Ataarangi ki Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Maui Inc

$2,500

The Order of St John Nelson Area Committee

$1,000

Victim Support in Nelson

$1,000

Victory Community Health

$2,500

Total

$46,550