Council spends additional $ 250,000 to help groups struggling with Covid-19 restrictions

There has been a strong demand for additional funds to help community groups struggling in the wake of Covid-19.

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There has been a strong demand for additional funds to help struggling community groups as a result of Covid-19.

Strong demand from struggling community groups led Christchurch City Council to contribute an additional $ 250,000 into a fund to help organizations.

The council had allocated $ 210,000 to its discretionary response fund this fiscal year, but that would likely have disappeared by mid-February at the latest, the council’s community fundraising team leader Sam Callander said in a report. On the question.

The uncertainty caused by the continued impact of the Covid-19 restrictions had led to a strong demand for financial support from community groups across the city.

Callander expected that demands from community groups would only increase as the exercise progressed.

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At a meeting on Wednesday, councilors agreed to transfer $ 250,000 from the endowment fund to the Metropolitan Discretionary Response Fund to help community groups manage the impacts of the response to Covid-19.

Crs Sam MacDonald, Yani Johanson, James Gough and Aaron Keown voted against.

The endowment fund was established in 2001 using a share of the proceeds from the sale of Orion’s investment in a gas company. The board owns an 89.3 percent stake in the electricity distribution company.

Christchurch's Arts Center received $ 150,000 from the Discretionary Response Fund last year to help keep its doors open following the impact of Covid-19.

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Christchurch’s Arts Center received $ 150,000 from the Discretionary Response Fund last year to help keep its doors open following the impact of Covid-19.

The fund started with a balance of $ 75 million and now stands at just over $ 100 million.

The $ 250,000 would come from a portion of the interest received on the fund.

Callander said the additional money would allow the board to keep the discretionary fund open until the new year and be able to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of the community.

The fund was there to help community nonprofit groups when their application for project funding did not meet criteria or cut-off dates for other council funds.

The fund was also intended for emergency or unforeseen situations.


Christchurch Arts Center chief executive Philip Aldridge said the denial of $ 48 million in ready-to-start funding to restore five heritage buildings was “heartbreaking.” (First published in September 2020.)

last year the council put $ 500,000 into the fund.

Among the organizations to raise money include the Arts Center, which received $ 150,000 to help keep its doors open, the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, which received $ 40,000 to fund an outreach coordinator, and Imagination Station, which received $ 35,000.

The council also decided on Wednesday to spend $ 420,000 from its sustainability fund to support 27 different projects that will help the council meet its climate change goals.

The fund, set up earlier this year, was designed to support community action on climate change.

Cultivate Christchurch will get $ 16,590 from the council's sustainability fund.


Cultivate Christchurch will get $ 16,590 from the council’s sustainability fund.

The council adopted its Climate Resilience Strategy in June, which aimed to bring Christchurch to net zero emissions by 2045.

Some of the groups to get money include Cultivate Christchurch, which will receive $ 16,590 to help fund an urban farm, and the Summit Rd Society, which is receiving $ 20,000 to help restore Avoca Valley.

The Food Resilience Network will also receive $ 30,000 to fund a school garden project, while New Brighton Community Gardens will receive $ 30,000 for a young gardeners propagation center.

A last minute attempt by Cr Pauline Cotter to donate $ 16,000 to the Bee Awesome program did not receive enough support from the board.

But Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner was able to get $ 5,500 for the Avon Ōtākaro network to help fund its celebration of World Rivers Day.

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