Posted by Murray Grainger
The Community Matching Fund is available to Western Bay Community Groups.. The 2019 Community Matching Fund applications open 29 April and close 29 May 2019.
Council makes up to $140,000 available for community and environmental projects that make a positive difference in the District.
The matching fund initiative was established to support projects led by not-for-profit community groups working for the benefit of their communities.
Council recognises that these groups contribute numerous resources to projects and seeks to “match” the dollar value of this community effort with a grant.
Funding is made of two components – a General fund for social, recreational and cultural initiatives and an Environmental fund for projects associated with the natural environment.
The General fund has a pool of $100,000.
The Environmental fund has a pool of $40,000. Applications may have components that could be allocated to both funds.
The maximum amount that can be applied for is the full $140,000, although the full amount has never been granted. Grants between $2000 to $10,000 are more common.
Grants will be “matched” on a 50/50 basis. Council’s half is a cash grant. The community group contribution can be made up of any combination of volunteer labour, donated professional services, funds raised through other means and/or donations of materials.
Please apply at the following Council webpage: https://www.westernbay.govt.nz/our-council/grants-and-funding/Pages/default.aspx