Waikato District Council 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 being run as an alternative to Halloween in October by the Crossroads Charitable Trust (allocated $2,000),

• The Ngaruawahia United Associated Football Club 50th anniversary celebrations in October including a commemorative game featuring players from the past five decades (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 and being hosted by the Dynamo Cycling and Sports Club (allocated $4,000),

• Te Kauwhata’s A&P Show expected to attract people from around the district in December (allocated $6,293), and

• The free Raglan Music and Dance Festival run by Waikato Rocks Trust in December to showcase local bands and dance groups and expected to attract about 3,000 people (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 run by the Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (allocated $1,748.60),

• an extension to the heritage train carriage shelter at Pukemiro Junction operated by the Bush Tramway Club on regular public open days and by-charter arrangements (allocated $3,104.35), and

• the production of a local history book and educational resource, ‘Wāhia Ngā Rua’ by Mai Uenuku ki te Whenua Marae, which tells the story of the prominent Waikato chief Ngaere and how Ngaruawahia and the Hakarimata Ranges were named in the late 1600s (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.

Go to www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/funding for application forms and guidelines.

• Kimai Huirama, author of ‘Wāhia Ngā Rua’ at the book launch in June.

• A highlight performance at the last Raglan Music and Dance Festival.

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