News | 31 May 2019
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Council funds focus on supporting stronger and diverse communities and youth well-being

Wellington City Council’s Grants Subcommittee has approved funding for 20 community groups from its Social and Recreation Fund – helping to build strong and successful communities.

Image of one of the Changemakers Resettlement Forum driving skill programme recipients
Changemakers Resettlement Forum - Turning the Curve driving skills programme (image credit: Nando Azevedo)

Council’s social and recreation fund prioritises projects that build capability and capacity, community preparedness, and promote safety, health and wellbeing, and youth.

The Committee approved $176,266 for organisations and projects ranging from Changemakers Resettlement Forum helping to upskill women from a refugee background with driving skills, support for a coordinator for InsideOut Youth Volunteer Programme, support for NZ Council of Victims Support, and Voice Arts Trust, who will be running drama and theatre classes for isolated elderly and refugees.

Grants Subcommittee Chair Councillor Sarah Free says the range and diversity of the groups that applied for funding reflects the make-up of the capital today.

We want to build on and embrace diversity – here in Wellington we value our differences, promote inclusion, and thrive in a diverse culture which is celebrated.

The groups and projects that have been allocated funding in this round demonstrate how we support the changing face of our society, and make sure those who are most vulnerable are cared for and valued.”

Applications for the next Council funds close 1 August 2019.

Organisations whose activities directly contribute to Council’s strategic or policy goals can be funded through a detailed contractual arrangement with three-year reviews of the funding.

The Grants Subcommittee also confirmed funding for 30 organisations, through multi-year contracts from 1 July 2019. This includes funding for six arts organisations including increases annually for the Creative Capital Arts Trust for the Fringe Festival and Taki Rua Productions.

The network of Council funded community centres were also approved funding increases, this includes Strathmore Park Community Centre Trust now operating Raukawa as well as Strathmore Community Centre, and for the Vogelmorn Community Group who will be delivering a precinct approach to community facilities on Mornington Road and taking over management of Vogelmorn Hall from September 2019.

Decisions include confirmation of increased funding for the Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau.

Contract funding over $100,000 a year are subject to approval of the City Strategy Committee in June.




Blueprint Community Trust

The Free Store: contribution to operational costs, service users to service delivery volunteers


Brooklyn Residents Association Incorporated

Support for local residents association


Changemakers Resettlement Forum Inc

Turning the Curve- driving skills project for refugee and former refugee women


Churton Park Community Association Inc

Support for local community (residents) association


Ethiopian Community In Wellington Inc

Ethiopian Child and Youth Soccer Group meeting at Toitu Poenke


Every Body Is a Treasure Charitable Trust

The HeArtivists: Stage 2- mental health and wellness programme for girls aged 10-15 years


InsideOUT Koāro

InsideOUT Youth Volunteer Programme- working with youth volunteers


Karori Fabric Repurpose under Karori Community Centre Inc

Karori Fabric Repurposing- sewing skills and bringing people together.


Menzshed Wellington

Menzshed Wellington at Hataitai


MOSAIC Charitable Trust Board - T/A Tiaki Tangata

Contribution to costs of counselling support and engagement with young male sexual abuse survivors, including work with colleges and universities


Mt Cook Mobilised under Newtown Residents Association Inc

Support for local residents association


Multicultural Council Wellington

Reaching out to build awareness and community and connections- support for community events in 2019


New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups Inc - Wellington T/A Victim Support

Supporting service delivery to victims of crime and trauma.


Ngahuru Charitable Trust Board

Matariki Harbour Challenge 2019- waka ama event


Roseneath Residents Association under The Friends of St Barnabas Roseneath Charitable Trust

Support for local residents association


Te Ataarangi Trust

Te Ataarangi Ohu Reo Pokapū- operational assistance for Te Reo Māori Community Hub)


Thorndon Residents Association Inc

Support for local residents association


Voice Arts Trust

Social Drama - Theatre Classes for Isolated Elderly. Developmental Drama - Theatre classes for former refugees and new migrants.


Wellington Deaf Society Inc

Deaf community access - Alex Moore project, access initiatives for the initial stages of this sports partnership project.


Youthline Wellington Incorporated

Youthline Wellington's Mental Health First Aid for Young People- pilot programme of new programme.