Porirua has a large and ever-growing youth population and it is vital to harness this creativity, innovation and energy for the benefit and growth of the community. The Porirua Fund’s aim is to support long-term, sustainable and impactful initiatives which will contribute to future generations.
The Porirua Fund is an incredible asset for the city. Established through a significant Trust transfer in October 2018, the team of committed volunteers collaborate with the Nikau Foundation team to ensure that the grant-making is strategic, informed and sustainable. The Porirua Fund committee were carefully selected for their skills, experience and community connectedness. Porirua is an ethnically diverse, inclusive city and the committee is reflective of this – bringing together voices from local government and business, community leaders, youth, Māori and Pasifika communities.
The last grants round closed in August 2019 with over 70 applications from Porirua charities and groups. The Nikau team and the Porirua Committee assessed the applications, noting any conflicts of interest, against the funding strategy and criteria outlined and then allocated the applications to the appropriate funds. It is a robust and time-consuming process to ensure that the grants are assessed in a fair and thorough manner.
“Our aim for 2020 is to streamline our processes, increase our impact and grow our network. Collectively, we have challenged ourselves with the task of growing this vital asset, by engaging new stakeholders and advocates, increasing our impact now and in the future” Rebecca Morahan – Chair Porirua Committee.