Community Funding Allocations Announced

02 September 2016

Community groups, buildings and projects throughout New Plymouth District have been allocated funding from NPDC’s Community Funding Investment Subcommittee.

Among the groups to receive funding are TAFT for the Taranaki International Arts Festival and Powerco Garden Festival Spectacular, Taranaki Futures for helping people into vocations where there are skill and labour shortages, Volunteering New Plymouth Trust, and Te Upoko o Te Whenua Marae for a major development at the site.

Says Mayor Andrew Judd: “As always, there was a greater demand on the fund than we have money available and it’s regrettable that we couldn’t give support to everyone who applied.

“Overall, I think the Council has supported some excellent organisations who are doing valuable work in our community. These projects cover a wide variety of interests and also some significant issues in our district, such as employment and heritage conservation.”

Among the decisions were $62,779 to protect and maintain 13 rural halls, and $75,000 to go towards earthquake-strengthening and painting New Plymouth’s Hookers Building on the corner of Devon and Egmont streets.

Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts says Councillors have asked officers to prepare a report on the effect of the reduced budget for community funding and that it be considered by the Council as part of next year’s Annual Plan preparations.

The subcommittee’s allocations are:


  • Taranaki Arts Festival Charitable Trust (TAFT): $95,000 per year for four years.
  • Taranaki Young People’s Trust: $10,000 per year for three years.
  • New Plymouth Community Patrol: $10,000 per year for three years.
  • Taranaki Environmental Education Trust: $35,000 per year for three years.
  • North Taranaki Neighbourhood Support: no funding.
  • Sport Taranaki: $25,000 per year for five years.
  • Volunteering New Plymouth Trust: $30,000 per year for five years.
  • Taranaki Gardens Trust: $10,000 per year for two years.
  • Taranaki Gardens Festival Trust (TAFT): $32,000 per year for five years.
  • Life Education Trust: $30,000 per year for three years.


  • Bishops Action Foundation: no funding.
  • Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment: $35,000 per year for three years.


  • English Language Partners NZ: $2,000.
  • Conductive Education Taranaki Trust: no funding.
  • Taranaki Safe Families Trust: no funding.
  • New Plymouth City Band: $5,000.
  • Tasman Bowls and Social Club Incorporated: $5,000.
  • Royal New Zealand Coastguard Boating Education Ltd: $3,000.
  • Migrant Connections Taranaki Charitable Trust: $10,000.
  • New Plymouth Indian Community: $2,500.
  • Access Radio Taranaki Trust: no funding.
  • Barnardos New Zealand: no funding.
  • Chamber Music New Zealand: no funding.
  • Blind Foundation: $3,000.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Taranaki: $3,679.
  • Project Litefoot Trust: no funding.
  • Arts Access Aotearoa: no funding.
  • NZ Symphony Orchestra Foundation: no funding.
  • Victim Support: $3,000.
  • Alzheimers Taranaki Inc: no funding.
  • The Parenting Place - Attitude Youth Division: no funding.
  • West Baptist Community Trust: no funding.
  • Taranaki Futures: $45,000.