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Papakura community groups supported by grants

Papakura Local Board has made sure every dollar in its grants budget has gone to a community group or event. Some of that funding will help the popular Central Park Christmas Parade event continue. Papakura Local Board has made grants of more than $22,000 in its Small Grants round.The board had more than $18,000 returned to it after earlier grants were unable to be taken up because they were made to support projects that could not go ahead during the COVID-19 lockdown.Board chair Brent Catchpole says community groups could struggle to access funding given the constraints of the pandemic, but the board will continue to support groups active in the community.“All spending is under review but there are many great people out there doing good things for the community and we don’t want to turn the tap off for them, because some would almost certainly go out of existence.”Several of the grants made were to support groups active with youth and schools in the Papakura area.“They do great work in a lot of our schools, and there’s also $550 for Sustainable Papakura, who have achieved so much in the town, and support to make sure the event in Central Park after the Christmas Parade can go ahead. I think we all need something to look forward to.”Successful applicants:Papakura Business Association, $1300, Santa parade event in the park costsYMCA North, $2000, intermediate school camp costsTai Brown, $1000, children’s fun day costs at the poolsBlue Light Ventures, $1967, Rainbows End for school leaders and volunteersYouth Spaces Trust, $1500, replace club gazeboCounties Manukau Gymnastics, $1449, computer softwareWell Women Franklin, $1960, Papakura group venue hireSouthern District Chinese Assoc, $1550, band and events costsGateway Trust, $2000, school speech contestTread Lightly Trust, $1025, for a programme in schoolsPlunket, $2000, community co-ordinator supportSustainable Papakura, $550, volunteer support costsDrury Kiwanis, $600, Terrific Kids booklets for Papakura schoolsPhysically Disabled Auckland, $1240, online digital projectPapakura Football Club, $2000, operational costs.The board was also able to top up grants made earlier this year to organisations that did not receive the full funding they had sought.That saw Auckland Southern Districts Chinese Association awarded another $1000 towards venue hire and costumes, the declined $1915 now awarded to the Great Potentials Foundation for laptops, the South Auckland Performing Arts Competition getting $1000 for venue hire, and $2776 granted to the Bruce Pulman Park Trust for ground hire, funding that was originally declined.With just $2750 left in its entire grants budget, the board also granted Kids Can $1500, Rainbow Youth and Parenting Place $500 each for their work, and LifeKidz $250 for play equipment.“We are left with a zero balance in our grants budget and we should be very pleased with that because we have managed the available funds to the last dollar.”