$2 million for post-quake fund

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 05:00 14/04/2014

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A new $2 million fund has been launched to urgently help community groups experiencing higher demand after Canterbury's earthquakes.

The Need Help Now Fund is part of a special $25m earthquake allocation set up last year by the Canterbury Community Trust.

Need Help Now funding would immediately support organisations on the frontline of community service over the next 12 months.

Canterbury Community Trust chairwoman Tracey Chambers said the projects assisted by the fund would be guided by those who knew what their communities needed.

Three years on from Canterbury's earthquakes, many community and social service organisations remained stretched by higher demand, yet the "size of the pot" was still the same.

Chambers said the city was changing and everyone had to work together to keep the community "strong and resilient".

"Christchurch is a resilient city and many funding groups have stepped up and provided much needed additional support, but not surprisingly . . . there are many stories of the stress our communities are under as a result of the earthquakes - even three years on and perhaps exacerbated by the recent flooding," Chambers added.

The trust wanted Canterbury organisations and groups to let it know what help they needed, Chambers said.

To be eligible for funding of up to $50,000, each project had to be delivered in and benefit Canterbury.

Organisations would also need to show a link between an increase in demand for services and the earthquakes, or to be starting a new initiative at a grassroots level.

"There are no magic bullets here, just our commitment to the community to provide help where we can," Chambers said.

More information can be found online at commtrust.org.nz.

Applications open on April 28.

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