The COVID-19 pandemic and the steps taken to mitigate the impact, have created challenging times for people in Lower Hutt. Hutt City Council is doing all it can to alleviate financial pressures on people, including creating the Community Resilience Fund.
There are two categories of funding under Community Resilience Fund:
- Delivery of services that support resilience
- Sport and recreation programming to support wellbeing.
A total budget of $130,000 (GST exclusive) is available for allocation. $30,000 of this is ring-fenced for sports and recreation groups.
Funding categories and amounts
Delivery of services
The fund aims to support local resilience during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and the following recovery period.
- Grants of up to $2000 (excluding GST) per request. Requests that are more than the initial cap will be considered by exception and may require further documentation.
- A total of $100,000 (GST exclusive) is available for allocation.
Sport and recreation
This fund helps sporting organisations, groups and initiatives across Lower Hutt to deliver services that support local well-being during COVID-19 alert levels 2 and 1 and the following recovery period.
- Grants of up to $500 (excluding GST) per request.
- A total of $30,000 (GST exclusive) is available for allocation.
Other ways we can help
- Sport and recreation groups with facilities on Council reserve land are eligible to have lease costs waived for April and May 2020. A credit or a reduction in charge will be automatically applied to accounts. If you have any questions about this, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant funding for organisations who have lease costs waived will be considered on case-by-case basis.
- Groups can also get expert advice and support to help them through this challenging time by emailing email@example.com
What we fund
Delivery of services
Some examples of initiatives that we can fund are:
- Supporting community efforts to maintain links with and support each other in new ways in light of social distancing and other possible requirements.
- Translation services for published information.
- Developing local plans to provide food and supplies for people not able to access these because of self-isolation concerns and implementing them*
- Preparation of meals to be distributed from a central place like local Marae.
- Wider assistance with self-isolation and development of community outreach programme including technology based solutions.
*The Community Resilience Fund is likely to decline applications to support food and/or sanitation packs due to significant central government funding available for these initiatives. Council recognises the importance of these services, however we want to avoid duplicating existing funding streams.
Sport and recreation
Some examples of the sport and recreation initiatives we can fund are:
- Sports clubs and organisations that don’t have fixed costs that can be funded through the Sport Wellington Fund, but for whom a decrease in revenue is impacting cash-flow and operations.
- Sports clubs and organisations with an extremely high level of fixed costs, which is beyond the level of funding available elsewhere.
- Organisations that are unique in their affiliation or alignment (eg: sub-regional associations, club collectives) and so don’t qualify elsewhere
- Organisations that otherwise meet the criteria for other funds, cannot demonstrate an immediate cash-flow challenge, but can foresee one.
What we don't fund
- Salaries or administration costs, activities that intend to generate profit, the promotion of commercial, political, or religious objectives, or the purchase of alcohol.
- Wage subsidy or direct financial assistance.
- Major changes in service demand on current services.
- Grants are not to be for the sole benefit of one individual.
- The organisation is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), registered charity and/or community group that is or will be providing essential community-led solutions to support local resilience and community wellbeing or a sport or recreation organisation that is or will be providing sport and recreation programming to support local community wellbeing; and
- The organisation does qualify for other COVID-19 related financial assistance packages available through government or other funding bodies but this amount is not enough to support their initiative/s; or
- The organisation does not qualify for other COVID-19 related financial assistance packages available through government or other funding bodies.
- Applications must provide details on:
- how the grant will be used to fund the proposed community-led solution and support wellbeing for people in the community
- total grant amount requested and how the amount has been calculated, and
- how they will bring the resources together that are needed to deliver the initiative and how delivery will be done.
- Assessments of applications will take into account Council’s Community Funding Policy; and
- Grants allocated from the Fund will be one-off.
For the sport and recreation category, we’ll consider reimbursing costs to a sports provider on a case-by case basis.
For all other applications, we'll consider reimbursing costs to a NGO, registered charity and/or community group that has or is providing, essential community-led solutions to support local resilience and community wellbeing during the COVID-19 Alert 4.
These applications will be considered using the same criteria for other applications together with the total amount requested, including the total amount already spent, how the amount has been calculated and available receipts.
To apply for the Community Resilience Fund, fill out the Community Resilience Fund application form.
Council will contact successful recipients. Fund recipients will need to provide a short statement about their initiative including:
- what you did and how it was delivered,
- what impact the initiative had, and
- how the grant funds were spent.
Organisations receiving funding are required to account for this by providing a report on how the funds were used. Council reserves the right to audit this information.
List of Successful Community Resilience Fund applicants
Council receives regular reports about the Community Resilience Fund:
For more information about the Community Resilience Fund, email firstname.lastname@example.org