Get to Know Your Neighbours

3 October 2011

A new grant to encourage community preparedness will be launched this evening by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Councillor Stephanie Cook.

Get to know your neighbours

Get to know your neighbours

The Community Preparedness Grant will allocate $100,000 to community projects that encourage neighbours to get to know each other.

Wellingtonians are encouraged to take advantage of the new grant and get their thinking caps on to decide what project they'd like to set up in their area.

The Council's Social Portfolio Leader Councillor Stephanie Cook says she would like to see residents better placed to help each other.

"We know that the strongest and most resilient communities are ones where people know each other and are ready to help when things go wrong, often in an emergency. We've learnt many things from our friends in Christchurch and having the support of neighbours has been vital for many people to getting back on their feet."

You might want to start a community garden and need to buy tools and plants. There might be a great arts project you've been waiting to start in your neighbourhood and need to buy materials and promote the launch, or you may want to have a summer street festival. This new grant makes all of these ventures possible.

Projects must be for a street or local area - a block of flats, a cul-de-sac or a few streets, and it must be open to everyone in that area. All projects must also have some way of promoting community resilience and contributing to the neighbourhood's preparations for an emergency.

There will be two rounds of funding - the deadlines are:

  • 30 October 2011
  • 30 March 2012

To receive a grant you will need to be linked to a recognised group - for example an incorporated society or charitable trust. If you don't know any in your area, we can put you in touch with a local group or organisation. To find out more and apply, visit our website or phone (04) 499 4444.