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More than $1.6million in major grants for nine beneficiaries has been approved by Community Trust South.
''These grants, of $100,000 and above, are the first major grants approved by the trust since 2015 when major grants funding was paused while the trust focused on capital rebuild. We are delighted to be able to support these significant projects throughout the trust's region.''
Community Trust South chairwoman Margot Hishon also announced a further $65,000 over two years for the play.sport initiative, which will enable Sport Southland to work with Invercargill primary schools in a new approach to encourage physical education and activity in pupils.
The trust expects to approve $6.5million in normal grants as well as the $1.609million major grant funding for the 2019 financial year, ending March 2019.
In terms of the major grant funding the Arrowtown Village Association will get $120,000 for the Arrowtown Wilding Conifer Control and Revegetation Project $120,000; the Southland Softball Association will get $250,000 for the redevelopment of the home of Softball and $155,000 has been awarded to the Southland Indoor Bowls Centre for a new roof.
Athletics Southland will benefit to the tune of $209,000 for track renewal and back straight improvements at Surrey Park $209,000 while the Hope Education Trust receives $250,000 for a new preschool building in Mataura.
The redevelopment of the Hokonui Moonshine Museum will get $250,000 and the Windsor Community Church will get $110,000 towards the redevelopment of its community facilities.
Eastern Southland Hockey Association is to receive $150,000 towards the building of a new pavilion, while $115,000 will go towards the repair and resurfacing of eight tennis courts and a booking system for community at the Waihopai Tennis Club in Invercargill.