The triennial grant contracts, introduced in 2012 and previously known as Fee for Service, have been renamed the Strategic Priority Grants programme to more accurately reflect their purpose.
Not-for-profit as well as social enterprise groups, will be awarded three-year contracts and grant funding for projects and programmes that contribute towards Council’s newly adopted strategic goals.
Debbie Duncan, General Manager Community, says the funding is aimed at activating the potential of the community sector to help deliver Council’s strategic direction.
“Our Community Support Plan is about building and encouraging community capacity, leadership and co-ordination, and empowering local groups to take ownership of programmes that address local issues.”
Mrs Duncan says grant recipients will play important community support roles with outcomes across a range of social, environmental and cultural sectors.
In 2015, 48 not-for-profit groups were allocated three-year contracts sharing annual amounts that ranged between $2000 and $90,000.
“Council has listened to concerns from current grant recipients about the burden of required reporting on the amounts received. The new reporting requirements are more straightforward and the application process more streamlined.”
Details for the Strategic Priority Grants programme are on the Palmerston North City Council website. A series of drop-in information sessions for interested groups begins on Friday September 21 and runs through into November. Applications close on 19 November.