Grants support locals

by Ann van Engelen

Grants received from the Selwyn Community Fund are helping the local community to thrive in various ways with mountain biking, knitting, sun safety, and a variety of events receiving help to provide fun and education for all ages.

The council gave out $56,191.45 in grants to 42 community groups for events, classes, equipment and supplies in the latest round of funding.

“It was good to see the variety of groups that applied and received funding,” said Community Services and Facilities group manager Denise Kidd.

“It’s the third time grants have been given out through the fund, which was established last year to support events and activities that make Selwyn a great place to live, work and play by contributing to community wellbeing, bringing communities together and attracting visitors to Selwyn. As a council, we want to support anyone who is looking to make Selwyn a great place to live. It is a pleasure to see how many different organisations are making a positive contribution to life in Selwyn, from practical support to people in hardship and health contributions, down to giving people a place to socialise and bringing joy.

“The fund also aims to encourage participation in activities, physical activity and enjoyment for everyone, and create and promote opportunities for volunteering. A panel of councillors assesses grant applications and funds are provided in two funding rounds each year in May and November.”

The largest grant in this funding round saw the council provide $6,160 to the Castle Hill Community Association to develop the Hogs Back Mountain Biking trail, which is ridden more than 10,000 times a year. The Cancer Society received $5,240.75 for two marquees to be used by Selwyn community groups to provide sun safe spaces at events, and Life Education Trust was given $4,000. Groups providing meals to struggling families with young children, young people with disabilities, provided access to legal advice, education and capacity building workshops for farmers. Youth events, sports, art and gardening clubs were also supported.