Tauranga and Western Bay community event organisers now have access to more funding than ever before, thanks to a $200,000 boost to the Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund.
The 2023 – 24 edition of the fund sees a total of $900,000 in funding up for grabs for community event organisers, with the maximum grant amount now $50,000.
“We’ve seen over the last year that community want to gather to share, celebrate, learn and be active more now than ever,” says Wayne Werder TECT Chief Executive.
“We’re really thrilled to be able to increase the total pool of funding available to support more community-led activations that create vibrancy and connection in our region.”
Launched in July 2022, the fund was established by Acorn Foundation, Bay Trust, Tauranga City Council, TECT and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to streamline the application process for community events taking place in the region.
Instead of applying to multiple funders, community event organisers now apply to a single joint fund.
In 2023 the Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund supported 73 events throughout the region. Amounts granted ranged from $550 to $30,000 with the average grant being $10,000.
“The formation of the Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund has streamlined how we approach funding for local community projects,” says Vicki Lambert, Events Coordinator Waihī Beach Events and Promotions.
“The ability to prepare just one submission that reaches several funding partners means we have more time to concentrate on event planning so that we can bring the best possible events to our community.
“In addition to the ease of submission, we found the support from each of the funding partners on different platforms, including via social media promotion, to be an asset for the event and our organisation by reaching additional audiences.”