Applications are now open for the second round of Horowhenua District Councilâ€™s new Community Support Grant.
The Community Support Grant aims to support community initiatives that enhance wellbeing and social connectedness in the wake of COVID-19.
Applications are open to non-profit organisations meeting grant criteria to assist with projects, events and costs associated with responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and support for community recovery.
An amount of $160,000 was made available this year to disperse and applicants can apply for any amount, with the average grant between $500 and $3000.
Community Development Advisor Neil Hirini said he was thrilled with the response to the first round of applications, which opened in August this year.
â€œWe had 40 applications and we expect to distribute about $55,000 of the funds to first round applicants, so thereâ€™s plenty of funding still available. Weâ€™ll open applications four times this financial year, or until the funds run out,â€ he said.
Applicants for the current round open on 1 October and close on 31 October 2020.
Council is managing applications for all grants through its new online grants managing tool, SmartyGrants, and applicants will need to set up a SmartyGrants account.
â€œWe introduced SmartyGrants earlier this year and itâ€™s working well for most applicants. If you do need help, Councilâ€™s Community Development team is happy to assist,â€ Mr Hirini said.
For more information, criteria and to download an application form, visit the Grants & Funding page or contact Council on 06 366 0999 or [email protected]no