Supporting the Community

Supporting the community - Strategic Framework links

Supporting the community interlinks with the Social Wellbeing Strategy, Arts and Culture Strategy, and the Economic Development Strategy

Community grants

The amount of money available for City Service and City Project Grants has been increased by $100,000 from the current $531,700, a recommended ongoing increase. The funding available for Small Events Grants has been increased by $20,000 to $70,000, for the 2016/17 year only.

The City Service and City Project Grants scheme was introduced in 2015 and is an important part of Dunedin’s Social Wellbeing Strategy. These grants are focused on organisations that make a significant, sustained and enduring contribution to the wellbeing of the wider Dunedin community. In its first year, the level of grants applied for was much higher than the level of funding available, meaning many worthwhile projects and services missed out.

An increase to the Small Events Grants fund has also been included to meet demand for these grants.

Support for community groups

A budget of $90,000 per year over the next two years has been included to employ a staff member to co-ordinate support for place-based community groups around the city.

This approach is part of the Stronger Communities pathway in the Council’s Social Wellbeing Strategy and emphasises the need for local communities to be supported in local initiatives and community projects or programmes.

The table below shows how funding for supporting the community is split.

What are we funding? 2015/16 Long Term Plan Budget for 2015/16 2015/16 Long Term Plan Budget for 2016/17 2016/17 Draft Annual Plan Proposed budget increase for 2016/17 2016/17 Draft Annual Plan Total budget for 2016/17

City Service and City Project Grants

$531,700

$531,700

$100,000

$631,700

Small Events Grants

$50,000

$50,000

$20,000

$70,000

Support for community groups

$0

$0

$90,000

$90,000

Totals

$581,700

$581,700

$210,000

$791,700