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Whanganui Community Foundation Funding Policies

Trustees of the Foundation have considered carefully how best to allocate funding so that the community benefits to the greatest extent. The following priorities have been developed:

 

  1. Provision of professional development and capacity building activities for the community sector.
  2. Welfare based projects that aim to promote intergenerational change rather than band aid solutions. Youth and Family are seen as an important emphasis.
  3. Existing well-managed projects and programmes will be preferred over new initiatives.
  4. Respecting diversity in communities by ensuring that any allocations over and above 1,2 and 3 are spread across all sectors.
  5. Projects of a capital nature will not be funded unless there is widespread and significant benefit to the community.

 

Whanganui Community Foundation Strategic Plan

 

Quick Response Grants

To respond to the needs of communities through an assessment and decision process that is prompt.

Focus on activities and programmes that strengthen the communities of the Whanganui region.

 

  • Grants will be flexible and may cover seed funding, operational costs, programme costs, equipment or capacity building cost.
  • More frequent closing dates and simpler application process to ensure responsiveness to community needs.
  • Clear priorities and assessment criteria will be defined.
  • Capped at $10,000.

 

 

Community Support Grants

To respond to the needs of communities through an assessment and decision process.

Focus on high needs children 0-5 years old, youth at risk, and the isolated elderly of our communities.

 

  • Grants will be flexible and may cover seed funding, operational costs, programme costs, equipment costs or capacity building cost.
  • Four closing dates per year.  Funding rounds with a simple application process but with more supporting documentation required than for the Quick Response Grants.
  • Clear priorities and assessment criteria will be defined to allow consistent decision making.
  • Community Support Grants will be capped between $10,000 and $100,000.
  • Projects will be funded within budget and policy area priorities.

 

 

High Investment – High Community Engagement Grants

To create significant positive change through supporting innovative projects and practices.

Focus on high needs children 0-5 years old and youth at risk.

 

  • Includes additional support to enable organisations to work in strategic and innovative ways, and increase capacity to deliver positive outcomes.
  • One grant per year targeted at one organisation.  Multi-year funding support including high engagement with the Whanganui Community Foundation.
  • Grant will be for $100,000 per year.
  • Monitoring and evaluation focus for the duration of the grant, to understand the impact of the initiative and to support sharing of learning and dissemination of good practice.
  • Alignment with strategic objectives and identified priorities.
  • Applicants will demonstrate best practice principles.

 

 

Provisional Capital Projects Grants

To provide the provision for capital grants which create a significant beneficial impact for the communities of the Whanganui region.

 

  • Provides the opportunity for Whanganui Community Foundation to support projects of significance and apply innovative approaches.
  • Likely to have intergenerational benefit, have wide impact, and may have regional benefit.
  • May include partnership funding with other major funding partners.
  • To be used for capital projects, where the request to Whanganui Community Foundation exceeds $100,000.