A huge range of groups have received money in the latest round of Tasman District Council Community Grants, enabling them to continue supporting the community. More than 130 groups, clubs, and organisations received a grant, covering a variety of needs across the region.

They include:

  • A portaloo for the Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park ($800)
  • Outfitting Onetahua Waka Ama craft with safety equipment and PLBs ($1,200)
  • Fixing a leaking roof at Golden Bay St John Training Rooms ($1,300)
  • Volleyballs for the Golden Bay Volleyball club ($500)
  • A laptop for Motueka Search and Rescue ($750)
  • Help for Murchison Community Garden ($1,462)
  • Repairs and upgrades to Tapawera village gateway and information ($1,200)
  • A new walking track and native planting in Richmond’s Reservoir Creek Valley ($5,000)
  • New locally-made, sustainable toys for the Wakefield Community Toy Library ($500).

The total amount of grants awarded was $214,000.

“It’s a really broad range of events and social services,” community partnerships coordinator Gary Alsop says. “It’s always oversubscribed and we had $640,000 in applications.

“Notably, it was particularly oversubscribed in social services this year and, as always, sport and recreation.”

Gary says choosing which grants to fund is a balance to help as many community groups as possible to deliver their events and services. “Even a small amount can have a big impact.”

He adds it’s important to recognise the many hours of unpaid time that goes into events, projects and services in the region. “There’s a huge amount of volunteer effort that goes into them, and that’s noticeable throughout the applications.”