More than $120,000 has been allocated for activities enhancing community wellbeing in grants announced by Masterton District Council’s Awards and Grants Committee.

Community wellbeing grants have been approved for 33 groups, with a further $33,000 in community event grants approved for 11 events.

Committee chair Councillor Gary Caffell said the grants reflected the focus of the council’s wellbeing strategy, He Hiringa Tangata, He Hiringa Whenua.

“The council’s commitment to the wellbeing of our community is set out in our wellbeing strategy, which has a focus on social, cultural, environmental, and economic wellbeings,” he said. “This year we also broadened our criteria to take into account the impact of COVID-19.

“The outstanding work of many groups in our community plays a key role in enhancing community wellbeing, and we look forward to hearing about the results of these grants.

“Of course, funds are limited, and there are some activities we cannot contribute to in these grants, but we welcome future applications.”

The council also offered assistance to groups in applying for government support.

The Community Wellbeing Grants include $10,000 for Shelter Masterton Incorporated, as a contribution towards the operating expenses of the new transition house for homeless people, and $12,000 for the Wairarapa Community Centre Trust.

The Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Wairarapa Healthy Homes Steering Group        also receive $10,000 each, and Riversdale Surf Lifesaving Club receives $8,000.

In response to COVID-19, a second round of Community Wellbeing Grants will take place this financial year, with the next round of applications opening on 18 January 2021.

The full list of Community Wellbeing and Community Events Fund grants for 2020 are set out below.

2020 Community Wellbeing Grants

Access Radio Wairarapa Charitable Trust – $1,250 
Contribution to provide increased engagement with the community, ethnic and cultural groups.

Age Concern Wairarapa (WOOPs Incorporated) – $3,000 
Funding towards the Health Promotion Coordinator

Autism Wairarapa Charitable Trust – $500 
Contribution towards Lego Club expenses.

Community Budgeting Trust (Wairarapa) Inc – $1,000 
Contribution for volunteer expenses.

Community Networks Wairarapa – $2,500 
Contribution towards meeting expenses.

Digital Seniors – $3,000 
Contribution towards volunteer costs.

Every Body Is A Treasure Charitable Trust – $5,000   
Contribution towards the camera lending library and coordination/marketing costs with schools and youth organisations.

Hospice Wairarapa Community Trust – $1,000   
Contribution towards volunteer training and electricity costs

House of Science Wairarapa Charitable Trust – $2,500   
Funding for bilingual environmental science resource kit to provide students, aged 5-12 years, in eight schools in the Masterton district with a greater understanding of the environmental wellbeing of our community.

Joy for Generations – $2,500   
Contribution towards intergenerational workshop/program benefitting the Masterton community.

Kidz Need Dadz – $1,500   
Contributions towards three projects: Masterton meetings, Dadzkare, Parenting project.

King Street Artworks Inc – $5,000   
Contribution towards workshop expenses.

Life Flight Trust – $3,000   
Contribution towards operating expenses for Masterton district.

Masterton Community Patrol – $3,000 
Contribution towards recruitment and training.

Masterton Community Toy Library – $1,500
Funding towards volunteer expenses.

Masterton District Brass Band – $5,000   
Contribution towards the Learner Education Programme.

Masterton Young Citizens Club Inc – $5,000 
Contribution towards operating expenses.

Mataikona Community Group – $1,500   
Supports key priorities identified by the community-led group towards security and wellbeing, including extension of CCTV system.

Mauriceville Kopuaranga Fair Association – $1,250   
Funding to assist with the cost of building an extension to the fair pavilion to house new barrel train, fair equipment and picnic tables.

Oxford Street Community Garden – $1,000 
Contribution towards gardening supplies and equipment.

Parkinson’s NZ Charitable Trust – Wairarapa Action Group – $500 
Contribution towards funding Parkinson’s Nurse services in the Masterton district.

People First NZ Incorporated – $2,000   
Contribution towards the salary of the Masterton Local Assistant.

Rainbow Wairarapa – $2,000   
Contribution towards the youth activities in the Masterton district.

Riversdale Surf Lifesaving Club – $8,000
Contribution towards the regional lifeguard service at Riversdale Beach.

Shelter Masterton Incorporated – $10,000
Contribution towards the operating expenses of the new transition house for homeless people.

(SPCA) Royal NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $10,000 Contribution towards animal welfare inspectorate services in the Masterton district.

Te Awhina Cameron Community House – $5,000 
Contribution towards operating expenses.

Wairarapa Citizens Advice Bureau Inc – $2,200
Contribution towards operating expenses.

Wairarapa Community Centre Trust – $12,000
Contribution towards the property expenses.

Wairarapa Fern & Thistle Pipe Band Incorporated – $830
Contribution towards insurance to allow other funds to support local community events.

Wairarapa Healthy Homes Steering Group – $10,000
Contribution towards insultation of homes for Year 3 of the Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme.

Wairarapa Search and Rescue – $3,000 
Contribution towards operating expenses.

Wairarapa Youth Charitable Trust – $5,000
Contribution towards operating expenses.

Total  $120,530

 

2020 Community Events Fund grants

All Kiwi Sports Club – $10,000
34th NZ International Cycle Classic

Douglas Villa Association Football Club – $2,500 
2020 Junior end-of-season soccer tournament

Eastside Community Group – $2,770 
Contribution towards Spring Festival

Kidz Need Dadz Charitable Trust – $700
Father’s Day community event

Kopuaranga Hall Association – $250
Annual craft market

Pasifika o Wairarapa Council  – $1008
Post COVID-19 Thanksgiving Service

Vintage Car Club (Wairarapa Branch) – $5,000
National Motorcycle Rally

Wairarapa Arts Festival Trust – $2,500
2020 Events Programme – a Kokomai non-festival year

Wairarapa Maths Association – $600
2020 Regional Maths Competition

Wairarapa REAP – $3,000
Virtual Kapa Haka Festival 2020

Wings Over Wairarapa – $5,000
Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2021

Total  $33,328

 ENDS