Wellington grant recipients cover a wide variety of causes

More than $70,000 of grants were awarded at a grants function in Wellington on Monday night to a wide variety of social causes.

The event was part of Nikau Foundation’s annual grant-making process and the recipients were awarded grants from the Tindall Foundation through Nikau Foundation. Nikau is a funding manager for the Tindall Foundation in the Wellington region. The awards were presented by Nikau Foundation administration manager Brian Burge.

In receiving the grant, Amanda Calder from the Refugee Family Reunification Trust said that the grant goes toward airfares and other essential costs of family reunification. She said it allowed refugees who had not seen their families, in some cases for many years, to finally be reunited safely in Wellington. Amanda quoted the words of one refugee who received assistance who said: “Your help will change my life and the life of my family”.

Catriona Ferguson from the New Zealand Book Council said the money from the grant would be used for their Writers in Schools programme. She said that the programme engages readers of the future, and for the writers, it means they get in front of a live audience. She said they hope to get New Zealanders to read more and to especially read more books by New Zealand authors.

Lance Hurly from the Upper Hutt Foodbank said the Foodbank had given out 1,400 parcels of food this year and fed more than 4,500 people. He said that a community can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens and in that respect, Upper Hutt is a very caring society.

“Nikau and Tindall Foundations were amongst the few organisations willing to make grants available to Foodbanks to buy food,” he said.

Another award function for the Tindall Foundation grants and Nikau Foundation endowment fund grants will be held for Porirua and Kapiti recipients at a garden party in Otaihanga on November 6.

The Nikau Foundation will also host another function for Nikau Foundation endowment fund recipients in Wellington on November 30.

The Nikau Foundation is part of a world-wide network of community foundations which are set up to benefit a specific geographic area. The Foundation attracts endowment gifts, trusts and legacies, which are invested in perpetuity. The primary objective is to make a real and long-lasting difference to the region through encouraging generosity and philanthropy.

The full list of grants for Wellington is as follows:

Birthright Wellington $5000
Changemakers Refugee Forum $3000
Common Unity Project Aotearoa $4240
English Language Partners – Hutt $1500
Foster Hope Charitable Trust $2000
Life Education Trust Hutt Valley $2500
Moera Community House $3000
New Zealand Book Council $2500
New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils $2500
Newtown Community & Cultural Centre $2500
NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services $5000
Parent Help Wellington $2000
Parent to Parent Wellington $2500
Refugee Family Reunification Trust $2000
Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Wellington $3000
Skylight Trust $2500
Supergrans - Lower Hutt and Wellington $2500
Sustainability Trust $2500
Te Ora Hou Wellington East $2500
The Parenting Place $2500
Trentham Community House $2500
Upper Hutt Foodbank $2000
Volunteer Wellington $4000
Wellington homeless women's trust $5000
Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation $4000
Youth Quest Trust $4000
Zeal Education Trust $3506

For more information phone Kate Drury, Nikau Foundation communications adviser – 021-0681910

Wellington grant recipients cover a wide variety of causes



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