Applications for the next round of funding will open on August 15 and close on September 30, benefiting charitable-based health projects throughout Aoraki.
South Canterbury Health Endowment Fund committee chairman Ron Luxton said about $30,000 could be made available, in total, during this round.
Among those tobenefit from the last round of funding was Arowhenua Whanau Services. It received $550, which it used to buy 60 flu vaccinations. The group still has about 12 left and plans to distribute them all by the end of August, primary health tamariki ora Lyndsey Hubert said.
She said the flu could have a negative impact on people, particularly with employment.
‘‘We’ve been aiming at parents of young children, lowincome or solo breadwinners for families.’’
Mrs Hubert encourages others to apply for the funding, a process that is not complicated, she says.
The funds have built up over time through the South Canterbury District Health Board.
‘‘The income that earns, we use to distribute funds for health-related projects in the Aoraki area,’’ Mr Luxton said. ‘‘We hope that fund will grow a little bit to become a resource for South Canterbury forever.’’
He said people who had applied before could apply again, so long as it was for a specific project.