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Tips on how to fund community projects and events will be shared by experts during a series of free workshops to be held across Northland this month.

A key goal of the workshops is to demystify the funding process, which can be daunting for those who have little experience in gathering and presenting the detailed information funders often require.

The workshops will be over five days from Monday 13 May in the Far North, Kaipara and Whangarei districts, and will be open to any groups or individuals undertaking community-based, not-for-profit projects.

Representatives from key funding agencies, such as the Department of Internal Affairs and Northland Community Foundation, will be presenting at the workshops, along with financial and marketing experts.

Each workshop will run between 10am and 2pm with the first hour devoted to presentations on resources, applications and specific funds. Attendees can then book 15-minute appointments with funding organisations and experts to discuss options for their projects.

Bronwyn Porter from MPRE Marketing has worked in the not for profit sector for over a decade and will be presenting at workshops in Kaitaia, Kaikohe and Whangarei. She will be exploring how community groups can tap into funding to complement more traditional fixed-term grants.

"Most groups have well-established networks within their communities and I hope to show how these can be used to create sustainable funding streams. This can reduce reliance on one or two large funders so groups can continue their work even if they miss out on a key grant during the life of their project."

The workshops are supported by the Far North, Kaipara, and Whangarei District Councils, and will be held at:

Mangawhai Club, Mangawhai 13 May

Kaikohe Memorial Hall, Kaikohe 14 May

Te Ahu Centre, Kaitaia 15 May

Dargaville Town Hall, Dargaville 16 May

Forum North, Whangarei 17 May

Go to to find out more about the workshops and to book 15-minute appointments with presenters.

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