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Council grants $132,000 to support social service agencies

Monday September 18 2017

Fifty local social service agencies are to receive grants from Palmerston North City Council’s Community Development Small Grants Fund.

Photo shows kids gardening in a raised vegetable bed at school.

Plant to Plate is a gardening and cooking programme for schools. It's one of 50 local agencies benefiting from the Community Development Small Grants Fund.

The funding supports the operational costs and compliance costs of social service agencies in Palmerston North. Total funds allocated were $132,179.

The fund is open to charitable non-profit community welfare groups whose primary clientele come from within the city boundaries. The maximum grant available is $5,000 and is able to be used for essential administrative expenses.

Debbie Duncan, PNCC General Manager, Libraries and Community Services says the range and diversity of welfare groups working within the Palmerston North community is a positive reflection of the breadth of support available.

“These groups carry out a tremendous amount of social services, all with the aim of improving people’s lives,” says Mrs Duncan. “Often there is a challenge with meeting the cost of general administrative expenses, which many other grants do not cover. These grants can give these groups some assurance that some essential costs can be supported for the next 12 months.”

Palmerston North Community Services Council is contracted to allocate and distribute the funds. A working party spent considerable time assessing the applications and interviewing the applicants. Its recommendations were presented to Council’s Community Development Committee on 11 September, which approved the recommendations.

A summary of the grants can be downloaded below.