The Kāpiti Coast District Council is transitioning to a contestable and outcome-focused social investment model for funding community organisations.
Strategy and Planning Group Manager Sarah Stevenson says there is a long history of Council supporting community organisations, but funding support has not been contestable and, for the most part, has not been strategically focussed.
“Council have agreed three new strategic priorities for funding - connected communities, safe communities, and a capable sector – and earlier this year they invited organisations that provide community and social services in Kāpiti to submit their ideas for initiatives which contribute to these priorities through an expression of interest.”
Expressions of interest have now been assessed and 11 organisations have been invited by Council to progress through to the second stage of the contestable process.
Ms Stevenson says “I want to stress that a lack of success in this contestable process does not mean that Council does not value, or will not continue to support the organisations who have been doing great work in our communities,”.
The following organisations have been invited to provide detailed proposals for the Council to review and consider before making final decisions on funding in late June.
• Energise Ōtaki
• Māoriland Trust
• Kāpiti Youth Support
• Age Concern
• Cobwebs Community Trust
• Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki
• Challenge for Change
• Volunteer Kāpiti
• Kāpiti Impact Trust
• Kāpiti Living Without Violence
• Kāpiti Women’s Centre