A review of the way Dunedin City Council grants are
administered proposes to replace the $800,000-plus civic grants
scheme with a contestable fund with new criteria and rules.
The pool of money available is likely to remain the same or
similar; the main differences would be in the administration
and effectiveness of the various grant schemes.
There would be three new civic grant categories - city
service grants, city project grants and property/rental
arrangements - and accountability reports from recipients
would be required each year.
Applicants for the new city service grants would, for
example, have to demonstrate that as an organisation they
were critical to Dunedin's sense of place and long-term
sustainability, their work significantly contributed to
achieving the priorities of one or more key council
strategies and they were well established and known for the
contribution they made to the city.
Civic grants are among the larger of the grants funded by the
council and 26 organisations at present receive them
including Victim Support, Dunedin Citizens Advice Bureau,
Southern Sinfonia, Community Patrols, Surf Life Saving and
The name and criteria for the community grants scheme would
also be changed, and a small-sum matching grant for
neighbourhood projects developed.
The proposed changes are the result of a months-long review
of the grants administration process for 11 council schemes
that grant more than $2 million each year to hundreds of
civic and community organisations and individuals.
A report to councillors from community adviser Paul Coffey
and events and community development manager Rebecca Williams
said the review aimed to better align the schemes with the
council's key strategic directions, particularly in terms of
their effect on the community's social wellbeing.
It also aimed to make the administration of grants more
effective for the council, applicants and recipients.
Councillors will decide today whether to approve a draft
grants review document for a six-week public consultation.
Another change proposed is the removal of landfill grants.
The funding would be added to the biodiversity fund.
No change is proposed for rates relief grants for non-profit
organisations or the biodiversity fund.
The consumers electricity fund and cosy home fund would be
retained in the short term while another process reviews what
activities that funding will support in the long term.
The community events grants scheme would also be reviewed as
part of a separate review of the council's events strategy.
The $30,000 discretionary arts fund would become the arts
development fund and incorporate the performance underwriting
fund, under the proposed changes.