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Welcoming Communities Fund is open

Hamilton City Council will fund events, activities or projects that help foster a welcoming community in Hamilton Kirikiriroa. Applications are open until 30 June 2024.

Council wants to support and enable inclusive community events and activities that help make newcomers feel connected as they begin their new life in the city.

Applicants who want to put on inclusive events can receive funding up to $5000 to welcome people into their local community.

Jovi Abellanosa, Council’s Ethnic Development Advisor, said the fund is a great way for community groups to connect with the community.

“It’s important to make new people in our community feel included and welcomed, so the goal of the fund is to have organisations run projects and host exciting activities and events.

“We’ve had many events recently that were supported by the fund, including the Korean Food Festival hosted by the Livebetter K-Centre and the Waikato Diwali Mela hosted by the Waikato Indian Cultural Society and supported by other Indian organisations.”

During the first year of the fund in 2022/2023, 22 groups were funded. Currently, 12 groups have been funded in the 2023/2024 period.

Event grants can be up to $5000 and application decisions are made monthly. The annual funding round closes on 30 June 2024 so groups are encouraged to get their applications in early.


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