The Northland Grassroots Fund has enabled parents with young children to get more training and help, victims of crime to receive increased support, the Whangarei community to learn about financial management, more food to be available at foodbanks, and new migrants to receive more social support. These and many more benefits are the outcome of the 2018 distribution of over $81,000 made by Northland Community Foundation through the Grassroots Fund.
The Northland Grassroots Fund is made available annually to charities and organisations working at local community level to provide services and support.
Last year applications were received from 21 organisations totalling $209,890 worth of requests. Twelve organisations were chosen by Northland Foundation’s Grants Panel, made up of four panellists from around the region to decide who would receive the donations.
Grants Panel Chair, Margareth Broodkoorn says that she and the other panellists are always impressed and humbled by the applications every year which reveal the enormous work going on in Northland communities, often by volunteers.
“We realise just how many people are being supported in a positive way when we come to distribute the funds,” she said. “The Northland Grassroots Fund is about a hand up rather than a hand out,” she noted. “We look for groups that are working very closely with their community, looking for local solutions to issues and working out how best to meet local needs.”
Organisations receiving donations from the Northland Grassroots Fund in 2018 were:
Northland Grassroot Recipients’ Websites:
Congratulations to all these groups who make such a difference in their community.