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 2017 distribution of over $83,878 made by Northland 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 $164,410 worth of requests. Thirteen organisations were chosen by Northland Foundation’s Grants Panel, made up of five 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 2017 were:
Whangarei Budgeting Service received $10,000 for financial mentors to reach vulnerable/hard to reach/at risk clients.
Bay of Islands Community Centre – Youth and Bubs Initiative – received $3,878 for assistance for Confidence Building Workshops, Youth Leadership Project and operating costs.
Dargaville Early Years’ Service HUB – received $15,000 for assistance for staff, rent, power & water.
Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) programme Dargaville – received $10,000 for a contribution towards the salary of staff for two years. Note: HIPPY tutors are drawn from the community and are parents who have completed or are currently completing the HIPPY programme.
KidsCan – received $6,000 for Northland Children’s Programmes. Funding is to go towards providing KidsCan programmes to 7 new partner schools in Northland.
Rongopai House Community Trust received $5,000 for the Family Support Pathways community initiative.
Mid-North Family Support received $5,000 for free Outreach counselling services for Maori in Kaeo.
WINGS – Women’s International Newcomers Group Social received $5,000 for support towards a part time media and database administrator.
Multicultural Whangarei (Whangarei Migrant Centre Inc) received $3,000 for Centre Manager Wages.
Kerikeri Foodbank received $4,000 for the purchase of groceries for food parcels for those in need.
Far North Community Foodbank Trust received $5,000 for support towards rent, power internet & phone.
Volunteering Northland received $10,000 for support for a part-time coordinator based in the Far-North, operational costs and to fund further expansion into Northland.
Victim Support Whangarei received $2,000 for a contribution towards service delivery costs for the Northland District.
Congratulations to all these groups who make such a difference in their community.