Latest Community Investment Funding round announced

The latest community investment funding round has been completed, with over $185,000 to be distributed across the community.

Nelson City Council’s Community Investment Fund, previously the Community Assistance Fund, has been allocated by 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 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.

The Community Investment Funding Panel met last week to consider and allocate the available contract funding of $189,520. This latest funding round has been awarded to 19 applicants from a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, delivering social development services in Nelson.

In addition to this funding, a further $87,480 has already been assigned to existing agreements, bringing the 2016/17 Community Investment Fund allocation to $276,730. A further $50,000 will go to Community Investment Fund grants later in the year.

“The Community Investment Fund is about supporting social development activities, and it’s fantastic to be able to support a number of organisations who are doing important work in our community,” says Group Manager Community Services and Chair of the Panel, Chris Ward.

“The Community Investment Funding Panel would like to thank applicants for the time and effort that went into their funding application. While we received more applications than we could fund, it’s pleasing to see such a wide range of valuable and worthwhile projects, which we are fortunate to have offered in our community.

The latest funding round decisions are as follows:

2016/17 New Community Investment Fund Contracts
Organisation Project Amount
Beneficiaries and Unwaged Workers Trust ( BUWT ) Free income support entitlement advice $9,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters Recruiting and training mentors $10,000.00
Community Art Works Connecting through art $13,000.00
Life Linc Nelson Inc Free/low cost counselling service $6,000.00
Magenta Creative Space After-school programme for at-risk, mentally ill youth $4,250.00
Neighbourhood Support Nelson Foster community cohesion and resilience $10,000.00
Nelson Community Foodbank Trust Grocery purchases $5,000.00
Nelson Tasman Housing Trust Emergency housing and advice $20,000.00
Nelson Tasman Pasifika Community Trust Building the capability of the Pasifika community $3,000.00
Nga Wahine Tamariki Punanga o Whakatu - Nelson Women's and Children's Refuge Education and child youth advocacy $12,000.00
Open Home Foundation Foster parent recruitment and training $15,000.00
Post Natal Depression Support Network Nelson Inc Free counselling $4,000.00
Q-Youth Peer-led, mental health support $5,000.00
Sexual Abuse Support and Healing Education and prevention programmes $7,000.00
SVS Living Safe Addressing youth violence $2,000.00
Tahunanui Community Centre Host a wider range of programmes and events $20,000
The Nelson Ark Youth rehabilitative programmes $6,000.00
Victory Community Centre Positive Behaviour for Learning educational framework $10,000.00
Volunteer Nelson Connecting people to community $36,000
Total Amount   $189,250.00