Grants mixed bag for some

Posted at 3:43pm Tuesday 04 Jun, 2019

Funds carried over from the previous financial year meant that the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board had plenty to offer in its 2018/19 Grants Round.

The latest round (Round Two) also saw a new category in the mix – Facilities Grants – with $150,000 available this round. By giving this grant, the local board shows its support for projects that meet its criteria, which in turn helps organisations leverage other funding.

After the funds for the Facilities Grants, and Local Grants Round Two were allocated, at the local board meeting on May 15, chair Julia Parfitt pointed out that there is a lot less money in the pot for the next rounds.

The grants round was a mixed bag for two local sports clubs. Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club's application for $10,000 towards the wages of an administrator, funding specialist and social media campaign for its club redevelopment was turned down but it received $40,000 ($10,000 less than requested) towards architect's fees for the same project.

Silverdale Rugby & Sports Club's application for $10,000 for a disabled toilet was declined, but it received $30,000 ($10,000 less than requested) towards a lift.

The Hibiscus Coast Association Football Club received $5000 towards a football development programme in two local collages, and $3000 towards the purchase of a storage container, provided the club obtains consent to place it on its grounds in Stanmore Bay.

Whangaparaoa Tennis Club received a $25,000 Facilities grant towards the costs of a feasibility study as it investigates the development of a joint facility.

Bowls Orewa received $35,000 from Facilities Grants towards lighting installation and drainage costs for a new canopy roof.

The largest of the Round Two grants went to the Hibiscus Coast Youth Council, which runs the Youth Centre in Orewa. It received $20,000 towards wages for staff running a youth development programme.
Centrestage Theatre received $10,000 towards new carpet and newly established business association, Business Whangaparaoa, was granted $10,000 towards its start-up costs.

The Hibiscus Coast Dog Training Club also received $10,000 towards replacement and installation of 16 field lights.

Local marae Te Herenga Waka o Orewa was granted $8758 towards an oral history project.

Among the unsuccessful applicants were entertainer Gary Brown of Stage 51, who applied for $3295 towards the costs of his upcoming NZ Walk of Fame show, and Orewa Baptist Church, which applied for $10,000 towards the purchase and installation of solar panels.


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