10 Jul 2017

Community Investment Fund agreement allocations made for 2017/18

The latest Community Investment Fund round saw over $73,000 to be distributed across various community groups in Nelson.

Nelson City Council’s Community Investment Fund agreement funding has been allocated by the Community Investment Funding Panel - a panel of community members, established in 2015 following a review of the Community Assistance Policy.

The funding panel is made up of four community representatives and one Council staff member, and distributes approximately $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.

The Community Investment Funding Panel recently met to consider and allocate the available funding for agreements to the total of $73,820. This latest funding round has been awarded to 13 applicants from a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, delivering social development services in Nelson.

In addition to this funding, a further $183,380 has already been assigned to existing agreements allocated in previous years as multi-year funding, bringing the 2017/18 Community Investment Fund allocation to $257,200. A further $50,000 will go to Community Investment Fund small grants. These are grants up to $2,500 and applications are open now for this fund with a closing date of 18 August 2017. Please see the Nelson City Council website for further details.

“It’s great to see so many organisations being supported to continue their important work out in the community,” says Chair of Council’s Community Services Committee, Gaile Noonan.

The latest funding round decisions are as follows:

2017/18 Community Investment Fund Agreements Approved

Name of organisation

One sentence summary


IHC New Zealand Incorporated

To work with existing organisations to increase volunteer opportunities for people in Nelson with intellectual disabilities.


Male Room Incorporated

To provide males with guidance and support to strengthen their family and community connections.


Neighbourhood Support Nelson

To set up and support neighbourhood support groups and foster community cohesion and resilience.


Nelson Community Christian Night Shelter Trust

To provide temporary accommodation for people in Nelson


Nelson Community Foodbank Trust

Provide food parcels at no cost to people in the Nelson community facing short-term hardship, and specifically to purchase a laptop and printer and contribute to rent costs.


Nelson Environment Centre

Kai Rescue project: to rescue food that is edible but not saleable and redistribute it to charities and community groups.


Nelson Multicultural Council

To enhance relationships, integration and improve communication through intercultural awareness


New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups Incorporated

To ensure a range of practical and emotional support services are provided to Nelson victims of crime and trauma.


Postnatal Depression Support Network Nelson Incorporated

Confidential and professional counselling for mothers in need.



An exploration of the issues and concerns facing queer youth in our region through community drama.


Stoke School

Positive inter-generational connections and reciprocal learning relationships


Victory Community Centre

To deliver the Victory on the Move programme of activities.


Volunteer Nelson

To increase volunteer recruitment and participation in volunteer activities by people over 60 years of age.