The Hastings District Council has allocated more than $800,000 in community grants, awarded to a wide range of community groups and initiatives.

Of that amount, the Council’s civic and administration committee allocated more than $550,000 to 15 groups as part of its new ‘Multi-Year Strategic Community Partnership Fund’.

The three-year funding commitments start in July and support local organisations that are providing a proven positive impact to the community. The successful recipients included Hastings Citizens Advice Bureau, Nourished for Nil, Re-Source and the Hastings Food Bank Trust.

Hastings councillor Malcolm Dixon, who is on the civic and administration committee said these new multi-year agreements allowed organisations to better plan and provide for the current and future needs of the community.

“Groups can now concentrate on providing great services to the community rather than having to continually apply for grants each year.

Additionally, annual ‘Single-Year Community Grants’ were also allocated, providing 34 groups a share of $245,000.

Projects included improvements to the Keirunga Park Railway, support for Hawke’s Bay Land, Search and Rescue with new safety equipment, the continuation of the Flaxmere Community Night Markets and the development of a Heritage Trails project in Clive.

Child and youth support programmes were also successful in receiving funding. These included the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Kiwi Can, specifically for programmes run in Hastings, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawke’s Bay and Te Whakaritorito Trust (a service that works alongside youth mentors, young people, children, parents and whānau to help students fulfil their potential) – all receiving funding to continue and build their programmes across the Hastings district. 

A full list of groups that received funding can be found on the Hastings District Council website: www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/grants/

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