Heritage And Discretionary Funding Available

Applications are now open for the final 2018 rounds of funding from the Waikato District Council Heritage Project Fund and from the Council’s Discretionary Grants Fund to support projects and events in the district.

Waikato District Council’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Whittaker says, “These funds support a range of heritage and other community projects and events that enable community groups to meet local needs and aspirations – so we look forward to hearing from local groups as to how we might assist them with appropriate Council funding.”

Upcoming events that have recently won support through the Discretionary Grants Fund include:

• A family-friendly ‘light party’ for the Mangatangi community (allocated $2,000)

• The Ngaruawahia United Associated Football Club 50th anniversary celebrations in October (allocated $7,624)

• A road cycling teams event in November expected to involve more than 350 riders on a circuit from Ngaruawahia through the Waikato countryside (allocated $4,000)

• Te Kauwhata’s A&P Show (allocated $6,293)

• The free Raglan Music and Dance Festival (allocated $3,000).

Projects that have recently won support through the Discretionary Grants Fund and the Heritage Project Fund include:

• A ‘Paper4trees’ waste minimisation and native tree planting programme for schools and preschools in Waikato district (allocated $1,748.60)

• An extension to the heritage train carriage shelter at Pukemiro Junction (allocated $3,104.35)

• The production of a local history book and educational resource, ‘W¯ahia Ng¯a Rua’ by Mai Uenuku ki te Whenua Marae (allocated $5,000).

The Discretionary Grants Fund is now open for application until 5 October and the Heritage Project Fund is open for application until 26 October.