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