Grants made to build strong communities

11 December 2015

Twenty two community groups and residents’ associations are better off thanks to $117,840 worth of grants from Wellington City Council.

The money was provided from the Council’s social and recreation fund, which prioritises projects that build capability and capacity, community preparedness, and promote safety, health and wellbeing, and youth.

The projects reinforce the spirit of “building strong and successful communities”, part of the new social development strategy council is currently developing.

Community, Sport and Recreation Committee Chair Paul Eagle says groups applied for $315,000 for projects worth $3.5 million.

“We get requests for many outstanding projects and we need to choose those projects that deliver the best outcomes for ratepayers' money.”

“The social and recreation fund focuses on a few projects that make the best use of every dollar spent.” 

Worser Bay’s Boating Club received $14,900 to develop a base for community focussed activities for eastern suburbs – in addition to the club’s sailing programmes.

Club Commodore Dean Stanley says the grant will contribute to strengthening work on its buildings.

“The funding is crucial for completing key infrastructure as part of stage one, the first step in delivering what will be a future community sports hub for the Seatoun and Bays area.”

“We want the new facility to be used by a broad cross section of the community – it’s about making sure assets are fit for the future,” says Cr Eagle.

The recently re-formed Residents’ Association for Island Bay received $1,500.

Chairperson Vicki Greco says the money will be used to develop a strategic plan that reflects the priorities and preferences of the community.

"We look forward to positively working with the Council."

“This will enable and empower the people of Island Bay to come together and address issues but also advocate to Council for the things that matter most to them,” says Cr Eagle.

The third and final round of the Social and Recreation fund closes 11 March 2016.