Sport Hawke’s Bay gm Ryan Hambleton, left, Hawke’s Bay Foundation's Amy Bowkett & Hawke’s Bay Funders Forum chair Kevin Carter

Every club or community dream needs money to be realised. A wealth of funding from various sources is available, yet processes can be confusing, bureaucracy can be opaque. 

Since 2007, Hawke’s Bay Funders Forum have been brainstorming ways to give money to the deserving. Now they’ve launched a website, Hawke’s Bay Funding, Ngā Tukunga Pūtea Te Matau-a-Māui. It aims to offer a guiding path through the red tape so that charities and organisations, artists and sports teams, can concentrate on doing what it is they do best. 

“We want to make it as simple as possible for our local charities to keep doing the wonderful work they do in Hawke’s Bay by consolidating all funding options into one accessible site that is free to use,” says Hawke’s Bay Foundation executive officer, Amy Bowkett.

Hawke’s Bay Funders Forum is an association of all the major funders in Hawke’s Bay under the chair of Hastings District Council community grants and partnership advisor, Kevin Carter. Central government agencies and local councils team up with regional funding organisations and gambling trusts to come together to see how best to cover the region’s needs, getting money from their coffers to those who will use it to do good in the community. They’ve enlisted the services of national digital funding search provider, Generosity, to deliver local knowledge to local communities.

The newly established website is clear and simple to navigate, with advice on establishing and maintaining a charity, tips on successfully applying for funding as well as practical administrative support. There are links to agencies which supply funding plus help with choosing the right fund for your project.

As well as online resources, Hawke’s Bay Funders Forum provides in-person support. They’re hosting a roadshow, their second this year. On Wednesday 8 June Havelock North Function Centre will open its doors to the Forum to offer advice on funding sources and applications, as well as connecting funders with the communities they benefit. 

The early bird catches the worm! Designed for the before-work crowd, the roadshow runs from 7am to 9am. If the lure of your bed or the demands of the school run prohibit your attendance there’s no need to miss out. Events are live streamed and posted on the Hawke’s Bay Funding website to be perused at your convenience. 

Such ease of use will have administrators, many of whom take on this often-thankless role voluntarily, breathing a sigh of relief. Funding is on the table, finally finding its way to those who need it most.

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