Sixteen local organisations have received more than $50,000 worth of funding from the Tindall Foundation.
The organisations were recommended by the Geyser Community Foundation for the funding. Geyser is a charitable trust formed in 2007 to provide a simple, effective and long-lasting way for individuals, families and organisations to leave legacies or create funds to support local causes and to ensure these gifts achieve maximum and enduring benefits.
A total of $51,045 was provided to the 16 chosen organisations in the Rotorua and Taupo districts.
Geyser executive officer Annette Burgess said the organisation acted as the local advisory committee for the Rotorua and Taupo Districts for the Tindall Foundation.
She said their role was to invite, receive and consider funding applications from eligible groups.
"[We] make recommendations to the Tindall Foundation, which their trustees then consider for funding. I am delighted to confirm the Tindall Foundation trustees recently agreed to fund 16 local organisations which is great news. Geyser's goal is to encourage and promote philanthropy in the Rotorua and Taupo communities, and this role is assisting our trustees identify where funds are needed."
Mrs Burgess said the chosen organisations played a vital role in their communities. "We know how difficult it is to obtain funding especially for operational costs, and salaries and wages. The Tindall Foundation has been instrumental in our establishment and development, and we are pleased to be able to help them support our local community in this way."
The organisations were: Apopo Charitable Trust, $3333 for salaries and art supplies; Awhina Society Taupo the Community, $3333 for ongoing running costs; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Taupo, $3015 for a youth development programme; English Language Partners Taupo, $3500 for wages for literacy classes and rent; Family and Financial Solutions Trust, $3667 for wages; Lakes Ranch Charitable Trust, $750 for an office computer system upgrade; Linton Park Community Trust, $3500 for the centre co-ordinator's salary; Pregnancy Help Taupo, $3333 for operating, training and volunteer costs; Rotary Club of Rotorua Lakes, $1500 for Sunset Primary School Breakfast Club; Rotorua Multicultural Council, $4000 for getting migrants into volunteering; Rotorua Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society, $5333 for promoting family prison visits; Taupo Budget Advisory Service, $3500 for community education project; Taupo Citizens Advice Bureau, $3500 for operating costs; Taupo Council of Social Services, $2000 for ongoing costs; Taupo District Family Start, $3667 towards a Male Mentor Programme; Taupo Therapy Centre, $3113 for the Youth 4 Life Project.
For more details on the Tindall Foundation Supporting Families and Social Services programme, see www.geysercf.org.nz.