Funding to boost Selwyn
by Laurie Willetts
Applications for the first round of funding from the new Selwyn Community Fund close at the end of this month.
The fund was established earlier this year to support events and other activities that contribute to community wellbeing, bringing communities together and attracting visitors to the Selwyn district.
It brings together the former Community Events Fund along with new financing under a new contestable funding application process.
“The Selwyn Community Fund is a valuable way for council to support community groups doing exciting, positive things in our district,” says community relations manager, Denise Kidd.
“We’ve been pleased to be able to boost the pool of funding available, and hopefully assist more groups.”
The fund is open to any recognised organisations whose principal functions or activities are of a charitable or not-for-profit nature. Goals include increasing participation and engagement in community life, celebrating Selwyn’s uniqueness, building community capacity, promoting opportunities for volunteering, encouraging initiatives that build neighbourliness and community spirit.
Applications are open year-round, with funding allocated in two rounds each year. The first closes on Wednesday, October 31. Full details on eligibility and criteria, along with an online application form, are at selwyn.govt.nz/selwyncommunityfund.