WBOP community matching fund now open
Western Bay of Plenty community groups in need of extra funding are being encouraged to have apply for the Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Community Matching Fund.
Open now until May 28, the annual fund is eligible for not-for-profit community groups that are able to “match’’ Council’s cash grant – be it in volunteer hours, cash or in kind contributions.
The $140,000 fund is split into $40,000 for specific projects that benefit the natural environment and $100,000 for the general fund for social, recreational and cultural initiatives. Most individual applications in the past have averaged from $1000 to $10,000.
Over the years the money has been a key to many groups across the Western Bay getting their projects off the ground.
Council’s community team manager David Pearce says the Community Matching Fund is a valuable resource for those groups that stand out as self-sufficient in their own right but who struggle to raise finance for bigger projects.
“Raising funds is a constant challenge for community groups and possibly more so this year in the wake of Covid-19 preventing groups from raising funds to the same extent as in the past.
“This is a great opportunity for groups to expand their pool of funds or to get projects completed sooner than may have been possible otherwise.”
Last year, the Community Matching Fund was temporarily replaced by the Community Resilience Fund, which distributed $300,000 to 49 local groups financially hit by Covid-19.
Recent Community Matching Fund recipients include: Te Puke High School leadership programme Cactus; Rotoehu Ecological Trust; Pukehina Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association; Te Puke Toy Library; Love 4 Life Omokoroa; Aongatete Forest Project; Kotukutuku Gully Maketu; Shakti Ethnic Women's Support Group; Katikati Menz Shed; Makahae Marae environmental enhancement.
This year, all Community Matching Fund applications must be submitted online – there will be no hard copies available.
To help anyone needing assistance with filling out and submitting their application, Council’s Community Team will be holding information sessions in the District’s libraries.
These will be held at:
The Centre – Pātuki Manawa, Katikati Library: May 4, 11.30am-3.30pm. Aongatete Room
Waihi Beach Library: May 7, 10am-2pm
Te Puke Library: May 10, 11am-3pm. Boardroom
Omokoroa Library: May 11, 11am-3pm. Whakamarama Room
For 2021 Community Matching Fund application forms and more information visit: www.westernbay.govt.nz/community-matching-fund