Demand for funding high as grants made

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by Claire Allison

In its latest funding round, the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury approved grants totalling $552,300 to 26 organisations from around the region.

Main rounds accept applications for funding over $10,000.

Demand for funding was high and requests outweighed the amount available three to one.

Community Trust Mid & South Canterbury chairman Nathan Mills said that while there was evidence of gaps in funding due to Covid-19 mainly due to a decrease in the ability to hold traditional fundraising events heartening to see community groups attempting to continue with business as usual.

Other groups had applied for help with changes in the way they delivered their programmes.

The Mid and South Canterbury region did not appear to have been as heavily affected in the not-for-profit sector as anecdotal evidence from other regions had shown.

However, all trustees agreed that in these unprecedented times the full impact of Covid-19 was not likely to have been felt yet.

Mr Mills said the board was aware accessing funding was one of the biggest challenges not-for-profit organisations faced following Covid-19.

The Community Trust had also suffered investment losses but had reserves in place for “rainy days”, such as now.

“The Community Trust is committed to continue funding community groups so they are able to deliver their vital services to the region, especially in times of high need.”

Grants

Operational grants

  • Hospice Mid Canterbury Trust $15,000
  • South Canterbury Neighbourhood Support $10,500
  • South Canterbury Hospice $50,000
  • Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind Inc $10,000
  • Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust $75,000
  • Family Mental Health Support Inc. $7500
  • The Home & Family Society Christchurch Inc $10,000
  • Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Division $7500
  • YMCA South & Mid Canterbury ($30,000) towards the Resiliency Toolkit Programme that is run in schools
  • Social Service Council of the Diocese of Christchurch ($5000 per annum for three years) to assist with the Oceans grief programme and advocacy services
  • Ronald McDonald House ($10,000 per annum for three years for accommodation subsidies for Mid & South Canterbury families).

Other grants given were:

  • St Joseph’s Church, Temuka, $25,000 towards the restoration of 31 French stained-glass windows
  • Albury Ice Hockey Association $3000 to subsidise ice-rink time
  • The High Country Medical Trust $30,000 to assist with an Information Communications Technology (ICT) Upgrade
  • The Mackenzie Basin Wilding Tree Charitable Trust $23,800
  • Gloriavale Leavers’ Support Trust $5000
  • Te Aitarakihi Trust Inc $50,000 to help establish a business development manager position
  • Timaru Muslim Educational Trust $70,000 to help with a refit of its community centre.
  • Point Bush Ecological Restoration Trust in Waimate, $60,000 towards a pest and predator fencing project

Two new organisations to receive funding are Fish Mainland Inc ($10,000) and the Aorangi Golf Association ($5000 per year for three years).

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