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Funding for fun from bugs to sign language

 
This page contains information about festivals, expo and milestone celebrations have all received Community Fund grants this month.
Updated: 22/05/2018 2:50 p.m.

Two festivals, two expos, two milestone celebrations and a variety of other opportunities have all received Community Fund grants this month.

From talking bugs with Ruud Kleinpaste to vegan food and anniversaries to sign language classes, there should be something for everyone to take part in as a result of Council’s community funding.

The festivals include the Otangarei Matariki Festival which will feature entertainment and stalls and Winter in Waipu, held throughout July, features a mid-winter swim, a rugby game in kilts, Scottish country dancing and more.

A Creative Fibre Expo in July will showcase heirloom arts and crafts, with exhibits, trade stalls, demonstrations and activities; and the third annual Vegan Expo offering trade stalls, demonstrations, food and activities will be held in November.

Tikipunga Association Football Club’s 50th Anniversary celebrations feature a festival weekend of activities and games for all ages in October; and Whangarei Riding for the Disabled celebrate 40 years of providing opportunities and skills to children and young adults with disabilities.

Also on offer are workshops for arthritis sufferers and for foster carers in Northland, sign language courses and courses for seniors in meal planning and preparation.

Ruud’s Big Day Out in October involves workshops, tours and talks by celebrity environmental educationalist Ruud Kleinpaste (a.k.a. the Bug Man). Hosted by Dragonfly Springs Wetlands Reserve, Ruud proposes “a utopian classroom where learning is living – and vice versa."

About community funding

Each year, Council distributes up to $75,000 from its Community Fund to support activities that benefit the community.

The Community Fund is offered twice per year and grants from Round 2 of the Fund were awarded early in May.

Twenty-three applications requesting $105,950 in total were received, and twelve applicants were successful.

The next round of funding will open in July.

You can read more about Council's funding support for community groups on our Funding and Grants page.

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