As part of its 12-point recovery plan announced on 27 March 2020 to help the city withstand the effects of COVID-19, Council has contributed $1M to support essential city welfare services for at-risk people based in Hamilton.
Initially the support was targeted to direct action, non-profit organisations that supply essential food and other goods, accommodation, support for those in unsafe situations and provide services to people with disabilities.
The fund was reviewed in July 2020 and is now available for any non-profit organisation in Hamilton who are supporting the wellbeing of Hamiltonians and are impacted by COVID-19. This may be through increased demand on services or a reduced ability to provide those services as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
Read the fund criteria.
An allocation committee has been set up to overview and approve the distribution of the Council's contribution. It includes Chair of the Community Committee Mark Bunting, Deputy Chair Kesh Naidoo-Rauf, Maangai Maaori Te Pora Thompson-Evans. and Council's Community and Social Development Manager Andy Mannering.
Community groups can apply to the Regional Fund through a single application to Trust Waikato. For more information and to find out how to apply contact Trust Waikato at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 436 628.
These organisations have received funding from Hamilton City Council to date:
|Salvation Army ||$50,000||Emergency Food|
|Raukura Hauora o Tainui ||$15,000||Emergency Non-Food Care Packages|
|Clarence Street Theatre Trust||$50,000||Phase two|
|The One Victoria Trust||$20,000||Phase two|
|Riverlea Theatre and Art Centre Incorporated||$15,000 ||Phase two|