The Masterton District Council will this year give 34 organisations a total of $189,500 through its Community Wellbeing Fund.

Every year the Council calls for applications from groups that may need support delivering services within the Masterton district.

This year 50 applications for funding were received. The applications have been considered through the Council’s Community Wellbeing Committee.

Today the Council endorsed the Committee’s recommendation to give grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to 34 organisations.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said it was always a challenging process considering the applications.

“Community grants generate a significant amount of discussion around the Council table because we would love to support everyone if we could,” Mayor Patterson said.

“However, we need to be mindful that the grants are funded by ratepayers and, because of that, carefully consider the opportunities that will have the biggest benefits for our community.

“This year we also revisited some of our previous annual grants and placed them into the contestable pool of funding.”

The successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of the discussions as soon as possible.

Applications for the Community Events Fund are currently open. The fund supports events that appeal to residents, contribute to the economic development of the district, promote Masterton as a positive visitor destination and create a positive image of Masterton. People are encouraged to apply through the Masterton District Council website.

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