Division of funding model queried

Dunedin city councillors are concerned worthy organisations are missing out on funding because of the way grants are allocated.

The council’s grants subcommittee yesterday met to make decisions on city service grants which total $455,800 for the financial year.

The council’s "city service, city projects" grants are split 50:50 between arts and social wellbeing.

However, at yesterday's meeting councillors and committee members said this was not equitable.

Committee members were concerned splitting the funding equally between arts and social wellbeing was too restrictive and could result in some worthy requests missing out.

Cr Marie Laufiso said the current model meant even if one category had more submissions than the other, the split would still be 50:50.

Cr Steve Walker said he found issues with dropping money from worthy projects in order to fund others so they could fit into the split funding.

Council creative industries manager Kirsten Glengarry said allocating funding was becoming increasingly difficult for the committee, and it had to fund projects in a way that would achieve a meaningful difference.

In the end they made decisions based on the 50:50 model, but Cr Christine Garey made a notice of motion for staff to produce a report examining the advantages and disadvantages of splitting the funding in this way.

The report is due at the November grants subcommittee.

A full list of what funding was approved is due later this week.

--  cas.saunders@odt.co.nz





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