Board makes the tough calls

Te Awamutu’s Community Board has had to make tough calls as it cuts requested funding for community organisations.

The Board has announced just over $22,000 in grants and has sought more information on some requests.

Grants announced yesterday show the board worked to spread the funds. Many groups were declined. Loving Arms Charitable Trust received the largest grant, $2200.

Among grants to go to Kihikihi was one for $1600 to the town’s bowling club which was in the news this week complaining that constant use of chemicals on its greens had caused a toxic build up and soil should be checked before it was removed in preparation for an artificial green.

The board has about $50,000 to give away over two funding rounds.

Ange Holt

Ange Holt

“When you receive 41 applications for a total of $124,522.36 it does take some narrowing down,” Te Awamutu Community Board chair Ange Holt said.

She believed her board had done a great job to offer some support from its limited budget.

Members had considered with applications best fitted the criteria and the extent they were assisting people in Te Awamutu and its surrounds.

She said the board had been creative – coming up with ideas such as linking groups which could help each other.

“We have also requested that the council’s community advisors pop out and see if they can assist finding alternative funding for some as well.”

Holt also praised the work not for profit organisations did for the community.

“It is great to learn about all the wonderful work that is going on in our community and we are sorry we are not in the position to support you all at this time.”

The district council announced a total of $126,800 in funding for boards to distribute last year. The Cambridge Community Board was given $49,600, the Te Awamutu Community Board $49,600 and the Pirongia Ward Committee $27,600 to allocate to activities and projects in their wards.

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The grants list is:

  • ChildPlayWorks Charitable Trust $300,
  • Children 1st Charitable Trust $600,
  • Citizens Advice Bureau Te Awamutu $200,
  • CommSafe $1300,
  • Diabetes Waikato Youth $300,
  • Girl Guiding NZ $1700,
  • Hamilton Fish and Game $1000,
  • House of Science South Waikato $1800,
  • Kids in Need Waikato $850.00, $1,600,
  • Kihikihi Domain Sports $1500,
  • Loving Arms $2200,
  • MS Waikato $600,
  • Victim Support $1600,
  • Pirongia Forest Park Lodge $1700,
  • Te Awa Rugby Referees $216.86,
  • Te Awamutu Brass Band $400,
  • Te Awamutu Croquet Club $600,
  • Te Awamutu Little Theatre $800,
  • Te Awamutu Music Federation $600,
  • Te Awamutu Playcentre $500,
  • Te Awamutu Stroke and Elderly Support $500,
  • True Colours Children’s Health Trust $300,
  • Waikato Rodeo Association $300,
  • Youthline Auckland $700.

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