Council grants become available

by Paul Campbell

The Kaipara District Council has $300,000 in a contestable fund for public application for a share opening on July 1 and closing on September 13.

“A change to the Reserves Contributions (Use of) Policy (as part of the Long Term Plan 2018/2028) has resulted in a contestable fund for public application. The fund is collected from Reserve Contributions and is available for application from across Kaipara District,” said KDC spokesman, Benjamin Hope.

“The objective of the policy is to help groups create, improve and reprioritise how open spaces and reserves are used in their communities.

Projects could include adding capacity or enhancing existing open spaces through landscaping, equipment provision or developing walking tracks.”

All applicants must be a legal not-for-profit entity and have a volunteer component to the project.

Council has established a tiered process for applications: An expression of interest for small projects (under $2,000). Projects not exceeding $20,000.

Projects exceeding $20,000. These applications will need to provide a business plan.

All applications will be presented to a committee of council for approval.

The full policy, objectives, application forms and criteria for all three mentioned funds can be found at kaipara.govt.nz or by request to the funding officer, Jenny Rooney.

At the same time, the Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA) is open for applications. Community Grants are intended for contributions to organisations to support council’s community outcomes.

As well as intended to support events, services or other activities that are of benefit to the community, and can demonstrate those benefits. It can be for operational or capital projects.

The full policy, objectives, application forms and criteria for funds can be found at kaipara.govt.nz or by request to the funding officer, Jenny Rooney grants@kaipara.govt.nz.