Change for community funding

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Money for community groups will be granted throughout the year and only after proving to Nelson City Council staff that they’re of benefit to the community, says a new proposal.

The council is proposing a change to the way it dishes out the $150,000 of ratepayers’ money through the Community Assistance Fund. Traditionally, there is an annual funding application process which last year saw more than 70 organisations ask for a slice of the funding.

Mayor Rachel Reese says a change in the council’s approach to funding will ensure community groups are working more closely with council, are better supported, and able to achieve tangible outcomes.

“Creating a targeted approach will mean the council and the community are able to deliver more significant projects together.”

These groups will work alongside council officers to build cross community partnerships, provide support and guidance, identify funding and sponsorship opportunities and, where appropriate, recommend that Council provides financial support. These recommendations will be ratified by a panel of councillors.

“These changes will see council officers working out in the community alongside groups delivering tangible outcomes for the city’s residents,” says Rachel.