Nurturing a new generation of smart citizens: March Grant Giving Round

We are very happy to see all this youth and kids targeted applications for the Grant round in March 2017. The applications that have been approved this funding round are educating, engaging with, inspiring and encouraging young citizens to be open to taking responsibility for caring for the environment now and in the future.

Two projects have been granted the PNCET support for the second time. One of them is Hands-On Food project. It was granted $5,000 for developing further their herb garden. If you have not heard yet, Hands-On Food is an amazing project whose interests lies in organic and sustainable issues around food production and encouraging young people to cook and eat a plant based diet, which dramatically reduces carbon footprint. For several years, the leader of the group, Robert Hall, and his team ran cooking classes at Youth Space, now, when they have an access to a real commercial kitchen, they are not only teaching kids how to cook but also actively involve them with growing it in their herb garden. A truly amazing initiative!

Another initiative that PNCET supported for the second time is a joined project of Palmerston North Interfaith and Papaioea Pasifika Community Trust who received $2,325 to produce a video, called “Making Waves: Stories of Courage and Hope”. This film, which will be debuted at the 12th Environmental Film Festival “Reel Earth”, features six Massey Pasifika students who share their heart breaking stories about the consequences of climate change on their lives and families. We think it is important to show the community that climate change is real and millions of people are affected by it right now. We believe, this film will motivate the New Zealand community to become proactive and give the Pasifika community hope for a sustainable future.

We are very proud to support intentions of our kindergartens to educate little kids about sustainability and encourage them to play outdoors in all weather. Last year we provided funds to Roslyn and Linton kindergartens, and this time we've approved applications of Hokowhitu and Parkland kindergartens.

Hokowhitu Kindergarten has received $1,138 to purchase rainwear sets so kids have the opportunities to see changes to the environment during and after rainfall, in wet areas such as bush, river walks, working alongside local community gardens and park exploration. Parkland Kindergarten has received $970 to purchase and install two rain-water tanks to be able to teach children about where does water come from, its importance in our world and show them that water is a finite resource.

Active Minds Aotearoa (AMA) has been granted $3,000 to purchase two Science Kits “Breathe Easy”. AMA is a Palmerston North based charitable trust that is working on increasing the scientific literacy of the children in Manawatu through science programs and resources. The two new kits will be available through the hire service to primary and intermediate schools. Each kit provides four activities that help students explore and understand air pollution, for example, ‘pollution patrol’ where students compare the exhaust emissions of a variety of vehicles, ‘Smog Alert’ which involves students creating smog in a jar, and an extensive data crunching activity for the older children that uses locally sources air quality data collected over a five-year period.

We are so glad that our grants are used to raise environmental awareness of young generations. Once inspired to participate or act, they have the ability to share information, teach and encourage their families and friends to be aware of their impact on the environment, too.

herb garden photo North Street Primary Intermediate Students

Hands-On Food herb garden

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Riverdale Kindergartens planting at Waitoetoe park

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A poster of the movie by PN Interfaith and Papaioea Pasifika Community Trust


PNCET September funding round

This September PNCET received 6 funding applications, the total of $27,000 were requested. The Board considered the applications and decided to fund 4 projects that will provide stronger and more sustainable environmental outcomes for the city. The following projects were supported:

Nature discovery walks – Linton Kindergarten. The project is aimed to establish an outdoor education area in Wedde Wood for kids.

Urban Eels: our sustainable city Gordon Consulting.  The aim of the project is to create an outdoor area inside the city where the Palmerston North community can interact with freshwater wildlife. The organisation applied for funds to develop an implementation plan for the project.

Rangiwahia Day Trips – Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust. Rangiwahia Day Trip is an adventure for people with low income and for those who does not have cars. The Trips are aimed to give hands-on experience with nature, including planting, weeding and exploring the native bush.

Christmas in Takaro – Legacy Centre. The organisation will purchase reusable bottles and distribute them at the event, this will reduce the amount of waste plastic bottles generated at this event every year.

The next round of funding opens  in March 2017. Updated application forms will be available on our website by the end of the year.


Building community resilience: PNCET April funding round

The Board received a number of excellent applications and we appreciate the time and energy applicants put to develop them and explain their ideas. The response was impressive with 6 applications for over $22,000 of funding, which is approximately three times the amount the Trust had available to distribute this round. The Board has considered the applications against the criteria set out and chosen projects that closely align with these and our broader goals.
Roslyn Kindergarten received $5,000 for the project Upgrade of outdoor kindergarten area. The Team at the Kindergarten wish to create an environmentally sustainable outdoor area where children and families can learn about sustainability practices like worm farming, growing food and harvesting rainwater. The money will be used to provide vegetable gardens, a selection of fruit trees and wet weather clothing for kids to enjoy the outdoor even in rainy weather. You can follow the project progress on their FaceBook page.
The Biodiversity Cluster, co-ordinated by Environment Network Manawatu received $3,500 for the project Capacity building programme for biodiversity and conservation. They are going to organize series of workshops for the biodiversity Cluster community groups, including workshops on working with volunteers and strengthening relationships with local Iwi. Please follow their updates on their website and on FaceBook.
Friends Of Waitoetoe Park  received $336 for the project Fruit and Nut trees for Parks and Reserves. The project is aimed to improve the community resilience of their neighbourhood by planting fruit and nut trees in the park. This will mean more local free food available to the Waitoetoe Park neighbourhood and further community building through the shared stewardship of the trees. Watch the project progress on their FaceBook page.

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The next large grant funding round will be in September, however, groups can apply for up to $250 at the trust’s monthly meetings. The application form is hereFor further enquiries contact: pncetprojectcoordinators@gmail.com