Council gives $90,000

Local organisations have benefitted from three separate rounds of funding this week.

On Tuesday Waipā District Council allocated a total of $90,363 to applicants of its District Promotions Fund, Community Fund, and Waipā Recovery Fund.

The recovery fund had 23 applicants apply for $353,642 in funding. Only twelve of the applicants were granted funding, for a total of $85,000.

Many of the successful applications were for the provision of mental health and support services.

The Hauora Project received $13,008 to fund a disability support service, Zion Church were awarded $13,093 for their counselling in schools programme, Children’s First were given $3000 for a child resilience programme, Cambridge Life Skills were awarded $5000 for another counselling initiative, and the Cambridge Community House received $4,500 to operate various support groups.

Some community initiatives to receive funding include the Te Awamutu Community Food Forest, who were awarded $10,000 to further fund the planting of community food gardens, the Te Awamutu Citizens Advice Bureau who received $6,899 to train and recruit more volunteers, and Cambridge Safer Communities, who were granted $5000 to fund their neighbourhood support service.

The other recovery fund recipients were the Ohaupō Community, Sport, and Recreation Centre, who received funding for Covid related expenses, the Grandstand Trust, also received funding for Covid related expenses, Te Awamutu Sports, got funding for an interactive community app, and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce for a community-based ad campaign.

The council also allocated $2,000 from their District Promotions Fund to the Triumph Roadster Register Nationals weekend. The event, to be held in February, will be a three-day car display and convoy around Cambridge and the wider district.

The Community Fund saw $3,363 allocated to three applicants.

The Pirongia Memorial Hall received $1,863 to fund its 100-year anniversary celebration in November. The New Zealand Landcare Trust received $1,000 to fund the Ngā Roto Fieldays, which will highlight the work that is being done to improve the lake’s water quality. And the North Island Long Lap vintage truck event, which will be in the district next month for the first time since 2018, was allocated $500.

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