Local board approves $31k in grants

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Members of the Howick Local Board recently voted to distribute grants to 23 applicants. Photo supplied Auckland Council

The Howick Local Board has voted to distribute more than $30,000 in grants to numerous groups and organisations.

The board received 28 applications for Howick Quick Response grants at its final business meeting for 2022.

It voted to approve 23 of them and declined five.

Among the single largest amounts approved was the $3000 going to both Blue Light Ventures Incorporated toward the cost of producing and printing 960 ‘Street Smart’ handbooks, and to LifeKids Trust toward the cost of outdoor play musical panels.

The five applicants who had their bids declined were Auckland Seniors Support and Caring Group, which wanted $3000 toward the cost of venue hire; Cockle Bay School, which asked for $6160 toward the cost of a new pool filter; Howick Gymnastic Club, which wanted $3000 toward the cost of a ‘HART Mini Warrior Course and ‘HART Warrior Slanted Steps’, and Radiant Communities Care Trust NZ, which wanted $3000 toward the cost of educational material, mental health facilitators, stationery and marketing.

The total amount of grants requested by all groups and organisations was $69,583, while the total amount the board voted to approve was $31,176.