The Canterbury Community Trust has distributed more than $400,000 to social service organisations in the Nelson-Tasman region.
“The $431,500 in grant approvals were made under our social services sector which received funding requests totalling $916,293,” Louise Edwards, the chief executive of the trust says.
“The social services is one of our largest and, arguably, most challenging sector when it comes to funding. We are hearing from our applicants they are encountering clients with more complex needs, which require more comprehensive responses.
“These often don’t fit well with current government funding models which contract for a particular service only.”
Louise also notes many applicants have said they are struggling financially due to funding which has not kept pace with increased administration costs, such as accommodation, electricity and wages.
Alongside the funding announcement, The Canterbury Community Trust has released the findings this week of their independent research into this complex sector – ‘A Snapshot of the Social Services Sector in The Canterbury Community Trust’s Funding Region’.
The research was undertaken by independent researcher Sarah Wylie, who spent time seeking the views of key people across the sector and includes a literature review. Along with Nelson, the Trust also funds Canterbury, Marlborough and the Chatham Islands.