In what is the last grants round for the calendar year, Central Lakes Trust have granted a significant $1.8 million to 34 organisations throughout Central Lakes.
The grant recipients are from a cross-section of sectors, with operational and programme funding for the 2021 year receiving the largest share at $1.67 million of the total granted; with youth, a sector recently reviewed and prioritised by the Trust receiving just under $1 million. “Last year the Trust undertook a review of the youth sector to understand better the issues our young people are faced with today, consequently grants benefitting youth received an increase in focus and funding,” Grants Manager, Mat Begg explains.
“This increased funding carries through in this round with youth being prominent in many of the grants.”
Notably of the grants approved are the four youth trusts working throughout our region, Alexandra & Districts Youth Trust, Cromwell Youth Trust, Kahu Youth Trust, and Wakatipu Youth Trust, with three receiving multiyear grants approved for the next three years.
“The youth trusts are doing a lot of work with schools and in our community in response to COVID-19, and are seen as a positive way for youth to have an outlet in these uncertain times. A multiyear grant provides some assurance of funding for the coming three years, and enables them to plan accordingly,” he says.
At the end of October, the Trust brought Nigel Latta to the region for a fully subscribed resilience tour through Central Lakes. In addition to the community events, there was a specific session with the youth trusts.
The Wānaka organisations receiving grants were Tarras School Multisport court resurface $10,000; Wanaka Preschool Early Childhood Centre Inc. Verandah replacement and small roof $3,346; Wheels at Wanaka Wheels at Wanaka Event 2021 $15,000; Challenge Wanaka Challenge Wanaka 2021 – children’s triathlon $21,620; Community Networks Wanaka Operational Grant 2021 $120,000; Kahu Youth Trust Operational Grant 2021-2023 $201,000.
Community Networks manager Kate Murray said Community Networks and LINK Upper Clutha were extremely appreciative of the grant made by CLT.
“This grant allows Community Networks to continue our work supporting the community with delivery of services such as the food bank, subsidised counselling, JP services, Wheels to Dunstan and Community Law alongside LINKs Community Development role strengthening community connections.,” she said.
Chair of Kahu Youth Randal Dobbs said the majority of the funds would be spent over a three year period on staffing, special projects, and expanding Kahu’s reach out to Hāwea.