Applications open for topped up Covid-19 Relief Fund

Published on 10 May 2022

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Palmerston North City Council has topped up the Covid-19 Relief Fund by $100,000 and extended it to kickstart community events that might not otherwise have gone ahead because of Covid-19.

The Finance and Audit Committee recommended the funding allocation on 27 April, with Council approving it on 4 May.

Group Manager – Community Services Anton Carter says the fund was set up in 2020 to support community groups affected by the pandemic, whether through increased service demand, or loss of income. It has also helped people and businesses who planned a community event that was impacted by Covid-19.

“We’re happy to extend this support to the Palmy community. This is not an extra cost, but a redistribution of operational funds not spent on planned Council-supported events and programmes that were affected by Covid-19."

Because the fund top-up comes from the 2021-22 Council budget, it needs to be distributed by the end of this financial year, 30 June 2022.

Mr Carter is asking applicants to please get their submissions in by 5pm Friday 3 June to give us time to work through the assessment and administration requirements of allocating funding.

How much the fund has given out

We've received 53 applications to the fund so far, and supported 37. The average grant allocated is $5,280.94. While a total $195,394.80 has been distributed, it is expected the remaining $4,605.20 of the $200,000 allocated in 2020 will be absorbed by applications currently being processed.

Who are some of the successful applicants?

We’ve supported applications ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Some of the applicants to receive funding are Manawatū Home Budgeting Service, the Housing Advice Centre, Volunteer Central, Arohanui Hospice, Snails Artist Run Space, Community Arts Palmerston North, Act Three Promotions, Palmerston North Women’s Centre/Te Whare o Ngā Wāhine, and Just Zilch.

Information about how to apply to the Covid-19 Relief Fund and the fund guidelines are available on our website.