Rare chance for Rotorua organisations to get operational grants


Rotorua organisation’s have the rare opportunity to get funding for operational costs, with Rotorua Trust opening its three yearly Operating Cost grant cycle.

With $550,000 set aside for each of the next three years, Rotorua Trust chairman Stewart Edward is encouraging Rotorua-based organisations that meet the criteria for the grants to get their applications in.

Mr Edward says there’s generally very little funding allocated to operating costs, with most funders preferring to target specific projects.

“Once every three years we open up to community groups who want to apply for support for ongoing expenses such as rent, rates, insurance or electricity.

“We know how costly it can be for organisations to deliver community outcomes, so it is great to be able to be able to help them help others.”

Most operating grants fall between $2000 and $5000 per annum, for three years.

Mr Edward says to be eligible organisations need to be based in Rotorua, registered with the Charities Commission, have been in operation for at least two years and able to demonstrate strong governance and a track record of making a positive difference.

“Importantly, they need to provide a service to the Rotorua community, especially in our priority funding areas which include health and the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, education and employment opportunities, vibrancy, the environment and renewable energy and strengthening our communities.”

Mr Edward says the chance only comes around every three years, so he’s encouraging organisations that may benefit to apply.

Applications for the funding are available from the Trust’s office and on the website here and will be open until Friday 9 November.

Confirmation of funding will be made at the end of January 2019.

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