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Value of grant
Grants are allocated once a year, subject to available funds. The maximum grant for a single organisation is $15,000 per year. The maximum grant for clusters of groups (office/working spaces shared by two or more social service organisations) is $20,000. The grant and is limited to 30% of eligible rental.
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About this grant
Through this fund we can support organisations who:
- provide direct services to support Social Well-being for Wellington residents. Priority will be given to organisations delivering services to the Wellington Rate Paying Area (WRPA).
- support the Social Well-being of Wellington residents by providing coordination and support for other rōpū. Groups supporting groups might provide: training opportunities or support services for other groups, support and guidance for emerging groups, and/or coordination of a range of services.
- have workspace within the (WRPA). Workspace means any rentable working area that social services are delivered, so long as the occupation of this space(s) exceeds 30 or more hours per week. Workspace can include: office space, classroom space, workshop space, meeting rooms.
Accommodation assistance grants:
- will generally be allocated for periods of 3 years at a time, but may be made for shorter periods where this is more appropriate
- may be made for reduced amounts in subsequent years as organisations gain independence from the fund
- will be made keeping in mind other policies such as accessibility and current Council priorities
- can be made to community groups submitting joint proposals for workspace, or proposals where a sharing of resources or communal space is included
- will only be made to organisations, or clusters of groups, requiring office accommodation for 30 or more hours per week.
Betty Campbell was an Eastern ward councillor for 15 years from 1968 and helped established the community services section of the council, which supported community and pensioners centres, citizens advice bureau and a shoppers creche. In the early 1980’s Betty promoted and advocated for a permanent home for voluntary agencies in Wellington which opened in 1988, initially above the James Smith Car Parking Building and then later at the Harbour City Centre, the home for 45 organisations carried her name. In 2006 this became the accommodation assistance fund. You can read more about Betty Campbell here.
- Provide direct services to promote social well-being for Wellington residents. Social Well-being means healthy, safe, and inclusive communities. Individuals have good physical and mental health and feel a sense of safety and security. There is strong social connectedness, bridged social differences, and civic participation. Social connections are made and individuals have a sense of belonging. Social well-being also means that individuals have access to shelter, education, healthcare, transport, food and income
- Contribute to building community capability, and / or capacity for promoting social well-being for Wellington residents, by providing coordination and support for other groups.
- Workspace is located within the Wellington rate-paying area and the organisation offers services that are accessible to all Wellingtonians.
- Are groups, or clusters of groups, renting accommodation for 30 or more hours per week.
- Are not-for-profit.
- Observe the required reporting and accountability standards.
- Plan for long-term sustainability (in line with the Council's goal of developing self-sustaining communities).
- Have effective management and governance.
- Demonstrate how they contribute to building social well-being, community capability and / or capacity.
- Demonstrate how they reduce social disadvantage for Wellington residents.
- Services and accommodation are physically and financially accessible to intended users.
- Take a lead in providing coordination, support or guidance for other groups.
- Are seen as actively contributing to the city's social infrastructure by helping to grow capability and capacity within and between community groups.
- Are in line with the Council's policies and programmes, such as Accessible Wellington, Positive Ageing Policy and the Intercultural Framework.