$300,000 in grants for groups

Christine Garey
Christine Garey. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
More than $300,000 in grants were dished out by the Dunedin City Council to a variety of community groups last week.

Nine "place-based" community groups across Dunedin have been allocated $311,050 in grants by the council’s grants subcommittee.

Its chairwoman, Cr Christine Garey, said that she was proud to help support important community groups and that the council had been able to sustain its funding through such difficult times.

"Given the ongoing impact of Covid-19 in our community, the work of these groups and our support of that has never been more important than it is now."

The grants were drawn from the council’s place-based community fund and support groups to undertake projects which strengthen community and economic wellbeing within geographical areas.

The fund was established in 2018 and since then has granted more than $900,000 to place-based community groups focused on understanding and responding to local community needs and priorities.

All but one of the recipients in the latest round of grants have previously received funding from council.

The recipients were: the North East Valley Community Development Project, $55,000; Blueskin Resilience Communities Trust, $30,000; Brockville Improvement & Amenities Society $40,850; Caversham Community Group, $5,000, Progress of Waikouaiti Area, $29,000; Corstorphine Community Hub, $30,000; Greater Green Island Community Network, $47,795; South Dunedin Community Network $40,000; Saddle Hill Foundation Trust, $33,405.

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