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Key Issue Three: Community Development Funding

Community Development grants are paid to a variety of groups to deliver services to the community

The Community Development Funding Policy has been reviewed, and the funding criteria has changed. Council now seeks to partner with community groups and not-for-profit organisations. The aim is to encourage these groups to strengthen the interests and values of our District’s residents by encouraging active citizenship. Council is asking them to identify the issues they want to deal with and to generate local solutions that will deliver economic, social, ecological and cultural wellbeing of our District.

This change may mean that some of the groups currently being funded may no longer be eligible. However, it will provide an opportunity for other community groups that meet the new funding criteria to be funded instead. We want to ensure that the amount of funding we have to allocate is going to align with our Community Development Funding criteria and our anticipated needs. We think funding can be reduced in this area.

Our preferred option is to reduce the amount of money in the Community Development Fund.

As part of this Long Term Plan process, we are proposing to reduce the budget by $73,000 to $150,000 per annum. If adopted, this would reduce total rates by 0.25%, however the level of service would remain unchanged but it would be more tightly targeted due to the new funding criteria.

The other option is to maintain the Community Development Fund at its current amount.

We considered leaving the pool of Community Development Funding at the same rate of $223,000 per annum. However, we discounted this option as we wanted to align the amount of funding with our anticipated needs. If this option was adopted there would be no change from the previous rates funding. The level of service would remain unchanged, however as with the option above, it would be more tightly targeted due to the new funding criteria.

Our preferred option is to reduce the amount of money in the Community Development Fund.

The other option is to maintain the Community Development Fund at its current amount.