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Community Investment Fund is now open
Grants of up to $30,000 p.a. for three years are available to community organisations to reduce social isolation, reduce housing vulnerability, improve access to work and learning opportunities, and/or mitigate the impacts of poverty among Nelson’s communities of greatest need.
Applications close 31 May 2021
The priority areas for the Community Investment Fund in 2021/2022 are:
– reducing social isolation or loneliness. This is a very real issue for segments of the Nelson population, with older adults, the LGBTQI+ community, young people, former refugees, migrants and new arrivals in Nelson being particularly at risk. Being lonely contributes to poor mental health and affects general enjoyment of life.
– reducing housing vulnerability and addressing social issues for those who are either at risk of becoming homeless or are living in substandard housing. This disproportionately affect young people, older adults, Māori and Pasifika.
– Improving access to work and learning opportunities, Women, young people, rainbow communities, Māori and ethnic minorities are over-represented in the NEET (not in employment, education or training) category, many of whom have been particularly adversely impacted by the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis
– reducing the impact of poverty. Despite Nelson having many affluent residents, significant sectors of the community are impacted by poverty. This has an amplifying effect on other social issues, for example poverty increases the risk of becoming homeless if someone cannot access suitable housing and/or work.
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Contact Name: Paul Prestidge
Contact Phone: 0226761409
Contact Email: [email protected]