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Thames to open local Heritage Assistance Fund in 2016

08 December 2015

A Thames-focused Heritage Assistance Fund will be available from 2016.

Anyone looking for financial assistance for heritage programmes in Thames next year will be delighted to be able to apply to this new local Heritage Assistance Fund. 

This is a second fund that will complement the existing Community Grants rounds, and is a locally administered portion of what was previously budgeted as the District Heritage Fund.

Thames Community Board has been allocated $6,030 for local heritage assistance from the original $30,000 district fund. The other four Community Boards have been allocated their own portions of the previously district-wide fund. 

Between now and the next round of Community Grants, Council staff will be drafting Thames-specific criteria, rather than simply adopting the previous district-wide criteria.

This Thames portion of the district fund brings the story of heritage assistance funding full circle. It was the Thames Community Board which, in 1992, began investigations along with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust into setting up what eventually became the Heritage Committee and assistance funds.

In 1994 the Thames Community Board's 1994/1995 Business Plan recommended a Heritage Fund of $15,000 and this was confirmed with the opening of a special bank account by the Area Manager in 1997 with a deposit of $15,000. Meetings of the Heritage Committee eventually ceased due to other priorities, and the assistance wasn't opened up again until Council reviewed its district-wide heritage assistance after stakeholder consultation in 2006 and 2007.

The decision to distribute the budget to the Community Board areas was made during this May's Long Term Plan deliberations.

The local criteria will be provided when the fund opens for applications in 2016.

The full Community Board allocations are:

  • Thames: $6,030
  • Coromandel-Colville: $2,847
  • Mercury Bay: $10,050
  • Tairua-Pauanui: $4,965
  • Whangamata: $6,108