Successful applicants of our Community Board grants announced 26 October 2018 Congratulations to all the volunteer groups and organisations that were successful in their applications to our local boards for the annual Community Board grants. Photo: The Whangamata RSA were a successful applicant for the grant to assist with costs associated with ANZAC Day. The fund is to support not-for-profit community organisations which have a positive impact on the community and recognise, support and enhance volunteer efforts. "We always have a far greater number of groups apply than funds available and each Community Board takes a considerable amount of time and thought in its decision making,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. "It is great to see so many organisations supporting our communities." Click on the headings to see the grants allocated in each area: Coromandel/Colville Board Community Grants - $35,000 Mercury Bay Community Board Grants - $40,000, made up of $20,000 for Community Grants and $20,000 for Mercury Bay events. Tairua/Pauanui Community Board Grants - $37,000 Whangamata Community Board Grants - $30,000 Thames Community Board Grants - $60,000 Exult – Helping non-profits grow Exult is one of New Zealand’s leading training providers for the community sector. Their mission is to provide training and support that inspires, equips and re-energises community organisations and they pride themselves in providing practical resources in everyday language. They believe that people (and organisations) thrive when they are given real support without all the ‘fluff and jargon’ – so that’s what they do. Our Council will be working to support Exult to offer a local sustainable funding workshop in Thames, Whangamata, Whitianga and Coromandel in February 2019. Keep an eye out on our channels for details closer to the date. "The Exult workshops will help upskill groups to target their applications, do's and don'ts in writing an application and also help them form a strategy for sustainable income streams," says our Economic Development Officer Marlene Perry. To register your interest please contact Marlene. In the meantime, Exult offer a range of other workshops and support. See their website www.exult.co.nz for further details.