Grants on offer for groups' wish lists

Last updated 12:00 25/08/2014

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Applications are now open for Horizons Regional Council's community grants programme.

Now in its third year, the programme provides money for community-led projects across the Manawatu/Whanganui region.

Community groups, schools, early childhood centres and iwi/hapu groups are all eligible to apply for a grant from the $20,000 pool. These will be awarded to projects that enhance the region and encourage more people to engage with the natural environment.

Horizons media and communications manager Kate Ritani said she thought the programme was a great way for the council to support community groups who were enhancing their area of the region.

"Sometimes all these groups need is a little support from us to enable their projects to get under way," Ritani said.

"A number of groups in the last round had been searching for a way to make their projects happen and receiving a community grant enabled them to do something on their ‘wish list'.

"Our staff were also available to assist with the project and provide advice and expertise so maximum benefit was achieved from the funding received."

In the most recent round of grants 15 groups from across the region were helped with projects including native bush redevelopment, pest control, tree plantings and the development of wetland areas.

Monrad School received $400 for a school vegetable garden.

"The $400 we received from Horizons built four vegetable plots, two compost bins and paid for the plot filling," teacher Hilary Marshall said when the grant was announced. "We're so thankful for this funding as we've been able to reduce costs and waste, create our own fertiliser with the compost and supplement bought produce we use in class."

The closing date for community grants applications is Friday, October 3. For further information visit horizons.govt.nz or phone the council.

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- Manawatu Standard

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