Community Investment Funding applications open

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Nelson City Council opened expressions of interest applications for the Community Investment Fund yesterday.

Applications for ’agreements’ (for amounts over $2,500) are open from 1 March to 1 April 2016.

Chris Ward, Group Manager Community Services, says the funding represents an opportunity for community groups to tell Council their ideas for social development projects and services.
“It will encourage them to start thinking about how Council funding might be used to build partnerships that deliver positive outcomes for the Nelson community.”

Applicants are invited to submit a one-page application via Council’s website. Successful expression of interest applicants will then be asked to submit a full application in May.

The intention of starting the process early is to ensure that funding can be distributed early in the new financial year.

For the 2016/17 year, $50,000 is available for ‘grants’ and $156,310 for ‘agreements’, with $93,690 already allocated to existing agreements. The total allocated for the Community Investment Fund is $300,000.

The council has assisted community organisations under the Community Assistance Policy for many years, but last year’s changes may affect organisations that previously received assistance.

The objective of the fund now has a focus on supporting social development outcomes and will no longer include funding for arts, recreation and events.

Community Investment ‘grant’ applications (for amounts under $2,500) will open in August.

The full funding timeline can be found on the 2016/17 Community Investment Fund Guidelines, available at nelson.govt.nz.

If you wish to submit an expression of interest or find further information, search ‘community investment fund’ on the nelson.govt.nz website.