Minor and Major Distribution Rounds About to Close

DATE 27 July 2015    

The Eastland Community Trust’s Community Organisations Minor and Major funding rounds close at the end of this month and those who believe they have a summer project that fits the criteria are encouraged to make contact with the Trust now.

General Manager Leighton Evans says there has been strong interest in both funds, but is quick to remind people that the new process requires organisations to look and plan further ahead.

“We have been receiving applications for the past couple of months, so the work we have been doing to publicise the new process is working,” he says.

“But it is important for organisations to understand that if they are planning a summer project, they really need to have their applications in for this round.”

Applications for both the Minor and Major funds close on Friday July 31st. Applications to the Minor fund (under $10,000) will be considered and notified in September. While applications for the Major fund (between $10,000 and $100,000) will be considered and notified in October.

The next round of funding closes October 30 with notification dates of December 2015 for the Minor fund and February 2016 for the Major fund.

“It’s really important that organisations understand those dates, which have been publicised since earlier this year, and understand how that impacts on their planning,” he says.

This fund was established as part of ECT’s recent distribution review, which sought community feedback on its funding priorities. The Community Organisations Minor and Major fund is designed to support projects that show vision and innovation, will attract people to the region, or show long term community benefits.

Previous projects that have secured funding under this criteria include the recently announced Gisborne International Music Competition, Tairawhiti Technology Trust’s Teach Expo held earlier this month, and The National Scholastic Surfing Championships to be held later this year.

Those interested in making an application are encouraged to download the application form.