Record $1m in grants distributed

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by Claire Allison

Community groups have received a record-breaking million-dollar distribution of grants from theCommunity Trust of Mid & South Canterbury.

In its latest funding round the trust approved grants totalling $1,015,740 to 23 organisations from around the region.

Trust chief executive officer Liz Shea said one of the largest funding distributions in recent years would be particularly welcome as many communities were facing economic hardship.

“The trust is thrilled to be able to support a broad spectrum of organisations during what has been an especially difficult year for so many people.”

Major grants in South Canterbury include $350,000 to the Fraser Park Community Trust for the Alpine Energy Stadium redevelopment.

The Fraser Park Community Trust has entered into a memorandum of understanding with various sporting agencies including the South Canterbury Aoraki Football Association, the South Canterbury Softball Association, South Canterbury Cricket, Aoraki Rugby League, the YMCA South & Mid Canterbury Inc and Timaru Boys’ High School to ensure that the stadium is designed for and available to a wider range of community sports and events than has historically been the case.

The community trust has also granted $250,000 to Geraldine Combined Sports Inc towards the redevelopment of the Geraldine Domain to create a multi-sport complex for the Geraldine community.

Other grants in the Timaru district include:

  • $50,000 to Tennis South Canterbury towards court resurfacing
  • $20,000 to the St Andrew’s District Children’s Centre towards re-roofing and painting the centre
  • $18,000 to Stopping Violence Services (Christchurch) for operating costs
  • $8000 to the South Canterbury Pottery Group towards the replacement of its kiln and wheel
  • $8000 to the Sutherlands district hall committee towards refurbishment costs
  • $5000 to the Gleniti Golf Clubtowards the building of a new cart shed.

In the Mackenzie district, the Fox Peak Ski Club received $11,740 towards the cost of re-roofing and insulating the old part of the lodge.

In Waimate, the Waimate Theatre Company received $15,000 towards upgrading the theatre wardrobe with new and replacement costume elements, and the Waihao Wainono Catchment Community Group received $45,000 towards the Waihao Walkway Project.

The latest funding round also included several operating grants to agencies including:

  • The Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust ($15,000)
  • Hearing Association South Canterbury Inc ($5000)
  • Autism New Zealand Inc ($5000)
  • The Girl Guides Association New Zealand ($5000) in its work with local communities and clients.

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