A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats


​​​​Holding hands

Mayor Gary Kircher said, “Community groups continue to be the oil which help to make the Waitaki district such a great place to live in. I’m pleased to see the sheer variety of events and community initiatives that the Council’s various funds have managed to assist. While the funding pool is much less than the number of requests we receive, we believe it makes a real difference towards maintaining a vibrant creative community that values our people and our place. The good news for the next grant​ rounds is that the Community Group Grants fund has been increased from $50,000 to now be $75,000 for the year. That fund is topped up each year from the Whitestone Contracting dividend, and their success helps us do more for our community.”

Four main funding avenues were available during this period (January – June 2019):

  • Sport New Zealand (NZ) Rural Travel Fund
  • Community Group Grants
  • Creative Communities Scheme Grants
  • Waitaki Heritage Fund.

Community Group Grants (CGG)

This grant has been established by Council to assist not-for-profit organisations and groups based in the Waitaki district with projects. Funding of $50,000 annually is available over two funding rounds in each financial year. The first funding round meeting of the Community Group Grants (CGG) was held on 3 September 2018, with applications received totalling $118,507

“We have been able to install barrier arms at Humber Street, which the club would not otherwise be able to afford. Thank you very much for helping this project become a reality’ – Oamaru Steam and Rail Restoration Society

“East Otago Woodturners has benefitted from the grant monies by being able to purchase the variable speed electronic lathe a lot sooner than envisaged. All members of the club benefit from the grant and indirectly the wider community as most of the products members produce are either given away as gifts or are sold at the local craft shop or craft markets” – East Otago Woodturners Inc

The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

The fund subsidises travel for rural sports clubs and rural sports teams with young people aged between 5 – 19 years to assist with transport expenses to local sports competitions outside of school time. The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund grant meeting was held on Monday 18 March 2019. An annual grant, with Council receiving funding of $9,500 annually from Sport NZ Rural Travel. Applications totalling $32,726 were received.

Recipients said:

“From the experience at competitions we have four gymnasts qualify for the Aorangi Gymsports Team to represent our region at Gymsports New Zealand Nationals” – Saints Trampoline Club

“Living in a rural location, travel expenses are always the bulk component of our sports fees as all our competitions are located 60km drive away in Dunedin, receiving this grant allowed those fees to be subsidised for each student by contribution to the fuel costs associated with the competitions, making these sports accessible to more students. We believe the benefits go deeper than providing students with physical activity, they also learn lifelong qualities like commitment, respect, team work and leadership skills” – East Otago High School

Creative Communities Scheme Grant (CCS)

The purpose of the Creative Communities Scheme is to provide funding so that New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities. The scheme supports a wide range of arts projects under the following art forms: craft/object arts, dance, inter-arts (combination of cultural tradition art forms to create a new distinct work), literature, Maori Arts, multi-art form (including film), music, Pacific Arts, theatre and visual arts.

Council receives an annual allocation of $20,579 funding from the Creative Communities Scheme fund. Two funding rounds are held in each financial year. A total of 28 different projects and events including the Harbour Street Jazz Festival, acting workshops for children, musical theatre, heritage celebrations, Tuvaluan community groups, cultural performance nights, tap dancing and mental health support received funding.

Waitaki Heritage Fund

The Waitaki Heritage Fund was established by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the Waitaki District Council in 1992 (replacing the North Otago Heritage Fund), to provide a fund to encourage the retention, preservation, conservation and maintenance of historic buildings and sites in the Waitaki district. The Waitaki Heritage Fund Committee Meeting was held on 14 February 2019 to discuss an application received from Phoenix Mill Restoration Trust applying for $8,908.35 for the repair of the bridge at the Phoenix Mill Reserve.

Waitaki District Council People and Culture Group Manager Lisa Baillie said, “Following an increase in our social media and traditional advertising, it has been very pleasing to see that both the number and variety of groups applying for the grants and awards during this period has increased. This has resulted in the awarding of a total of $103,268.17 to 88 different applicants.”

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