Project funding on offer

by Paul Campbell

There is $300,000 up for grabs in the Kaipara for people or organisations with a desire to improve the environment.

Applications are open for the available funds until September 13, under a change to the Reserves Contributions (Use of) Policy as part of the Long Term Plan 2018/2028, which has resulted in Kaipara District Council having a contestable fund for public application. The fund is collected from reserve contributions and is available across Kaipara District 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
  • Those not exceeding $20,000
  • Projects exceeding $20,000 will need to provide a business plan.

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

Enquiries to the funding coordinator, Jenny Rooney, at grants@kaipara.govt.nz.