Council carves up community assistance fund

The Kahurangi Employment Trust has taken the lion's share of funding from this year's allocation of the city council Community Assistance Fund.

It has been awarded $15,000 over a year, which is $2000 short of what it was seeking over two years to help with management and administration costs.

The Nelson City Council has announced financial assistance to 48 applicants from a total 105 who sought funding through this year's Community Assistance Fund.

The Nelson Multicultural Council also received a generous portion from the limited pool, at $12,000 over two years. It had asked for $33,000 to help with two projects including the Speak Out Nelson Tasman system for reporting racist incidents, and Race Unity Day.

The Nelson Women's and Children's Refuge had asked for $30,000 over four years to help with efforts to make lasting positive change that would reduce repeat family violence. The organisation received $11,000 over four years.

The Youth and Community Facility Trust (The New Hub) was given $10,000 over one year for staffing and support costs.

The total amount allocated to community assistance this year was $480,685 but only $140,085 was available for distribution as there are already 50 existing contracts funded from the pool.

Of the total number of applications this year, 36 were for contracts and 69 for one-off grants.

City councillors met this week to consider the applications and the list of successful applicants was announced yesterday.

Community assistance funding supports organisations providing services in line with the council's objectives as developed through long-term planning with the Nelson community. It is recognised that by developing partnerships and investing in not-for-profit groups the council can help to attract additional funding into the community from the Government and other funding agencies.

Mayor Aldo Miccio said that, as usual, the applications far exceeded the available funds, and some tough decisions had to be made.

Community Contracts

Bhutanese Society of Nelson New Zealand Incorporated $1000 1 yr

Hearing Association Nelson Incorporated $580 2 yrs

House 44 South East Stoke Incorporated $7000 2 yrs

Kahurangi Employment Trust $15,000 1 yr

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust $1500 2 yrs

Nelson Community Food Bank Trust $5000 4 yrs

Nelson Multicultural Council $12,000 2 yrs

Nelson Neighbourhood Centre $5000 3 yrs

Nelson Women's and Children's Refuge $11,000 4 yrs

Open Home Foundation $10,000 2 yrs

Parents Incorporated (trading as The Parenting Place) $1000 2 yrs

Richmond Group Riding for the Disabled Inc. $405 1 yr

Sexual Abuse Support and Healing (SASH-Nelson Inc) $5000 4 yrs

Special Olympics Nelson $2000 2 yrs

Tahunanui Community Centre $4000 2 yrs

Tautoko (Neighbourhood Connections) $1500 1 yr

The Nelson ARK Trust $1500 2 yrs

Victory Community Health Centre $1500 2 yrs

Youth and Community Facility Trust (The New Hub) $10,000 1 yr

Youth Nelson $1000 4 yrs

One Off Grants

Adult Learning Support $2100

Alzheimer's Society Nelson Incorporated $700

Arthritis New Zealand . $1400

Arts Council Nelson Inc (For Jo Public Nga Tangata Theatre Co) $1400

Autism New Zealand Inc Nelson/Marlborough $700

Bhutanese Society of Nelson New Zealand Inc $2100

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson $2000

Chin Community of Nelson $1400

City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band $700

English Language Partners Nelson-Marlborough Inc $1400

Friends of Old Fairfield Inc $1400

Habitat for Humanity (Nelson) Ltd $1500

Manuka Community House Incorporated $1400

Neighbourhood Support Nelson $700

Nelson Community Christian Night Shelter $2000

Nelson Community Organic Gardens Trust (Waimarama Community Gardens) $700

Nelson Multicultural Council $700

Nelson Railway Society $1800

Nelson Region Hospice Trust $1400

Nelson Special Needs Dance Group $1200

Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust $1400

Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust $2500

Soroptimist International Nelson $2500

Stopping Violence Services Nelson $2500

Tautoko (Neighbourhood Connections) $2500

Volunteer Nelson $2500

Whenua Iti Trust Inc $1400

Workstar $2100

The Nelson Mail