Mayoral Relief Social Recovery Fund

Our Council has developed the Mayoral Relief Social Recovery Fund to address the needs of community organisations who are supporting those affected by the adverse weather events of 2023.

This fund must benefit tangata whenua, community and voluntary social service organisations located within the Thames-Coromandel area. 

The Social Recovery Fund supports the following:

1. Community events and activities that enliven affected communities.
2. Initiatives that enhance community connections and builds community resilience.
3. Funding community groups to address costs related to an increase in demand for welfare needs related to the adverse weather events this year. 

The maximum funding will be $10,000 per applicant. Both capital and operating costs can be applied for where they are contributing to one of the above criteria. This fund is GST inclusive.

This can include retrospective costs incurred since the Auckland Anniversary Weekend rain event that have not been funded to date. Our Council welcome conversations with organisations working within the tangata whenua, community and voluntary social services who feel their idea merits the involvement of Council and is able to provide a direct or indirect benefit for the district.

Open: 24 July–14 August 2023
Distribution: By 30 September 2023

For the online application, please click here.

Eligibility – organisations meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Are directly contributing increased services and costs related to the adverse weather events of 2023.
• Providing services based within the Thames-Coromandel area.
• Are enhancing community connections and building community resilience.
• Are a community organisation that is a legal entity i.e. a Charitable Trust or Incorporated Society.
• Applications from schools may be considered if they fit the criteria and are applying for a project that is not core education.
• This fund is available for capital expenditure up to $10,000.

Areas not eligible:

• Sports organisations that have received funding from Sport Waikato, and Sport NZ Disaster relief Fund are not eligible to apply.
• High-performance sport, sports clubs’ operational or programme costs, sport equipment.
• Core education in universities, colleges, schools, early childhood centres, including programmes, scholarships, equipment, or other activities that are curriculum related.
• Research from outside a community without its direct involvement.
• Organisations projects outside the geographic borders of Thames-Coromandel District.
• Overseas travel and expenses, and exchange programmes.
• We are unable to give donations to support individuals including scholarships, international travel to conferences, events or for research.
• Personal loans.
• Endowment funds.
• Religious or political advocacy, including religious advancement, political lobby groups, lobbying or marketing campaigns.
• Venture capital initiatives.
• Sponsorships.

Fund recipients  

The successful recipients have been notified, with funds being allocated by the end of September.

“The applications showed just how many organisations are out there caring for our communities, and it’s great to able to support them in this way," says our Council's Community Partnerships co-ordinator Helen Flynn.

"We know the effects of the storms are still present in people’s lives, and our Community Partnerships team are working closely with those impacted, our wider Council, and local support services to achieve the milestones set out in our Recovery Plan.”

The following organisations were successful in their funding applications: 

Central North Island Kindergarten Trust $6,000
Colville Bay Preschool $6,000
Colville Junction Charitable Trust $10,000
Coromandel Independent Living Trust $10,000
Creative Coromandel: He Mana Toi Moehau Trust $6,000
Eastern Coromandel Community Services Trust $10,000
Harataunga Marae $10,000
Hauraki House Management Committee Inc $7,000
Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust $3,000
Living Well Trust $5,000
Matai Whetu Marae $10,000
Mercury Bay Area School $4,000
Mercury Bay Museum $2,500
Ngaati Whanaunga Incorporated Society $10,000
Ngāti Hei Trust $10,000
Ngāti Maru ki Hauraki Inc $10,000
Opoutere Community Hall Incorporated $7,500
Order of St John - Hauraki-Coromandel $5,000
Pauanui Sports & Recreation Club $6,500
Pauanui Volunteer Fire Brigade $6,500
Steampunk the Thames Inc $2,500
St John Tairua Area Committee $3,000
Tairua Care & Friendship Club Inc $4,000
Tairua Elim Community Church $3,000
Tairua Focus Club $2.700
Tairua Heritage Society Incorporated $4,000
Tairua Information & Community Services Society Inc $4,000
Tairua Residents and Ratepayers Association Inc $3,000
Te Ahi Kaa Training and Social Services Centre Inc $10,000
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Harataunga $4,000
Te Rerenga School $4,000
Te Whāriki Manawāhine O Hauraki Women's Refuge $10,000
Thames Blue Light $4,000
Thames Citizens Advice Bureau $1,400
Thames Coast Kiwi Care Incorporated $5,000
Thames Māori Wardens $10,000
Thames Museum Te Whare Taonga o te Kauaeranga $2,500
Thames Music And Drama Incorporated $2,500
Thames Valley Tangata Ora Trust $2,500
The Basket Hauraki $7,500
The Heritage Events Trust $1,400
The Mercury Bay Community Support Trust $7,500
Thrive Coromandel Trust $4,000
Whangamatā Community Marae Trust $10,000
Whangamatā Community Swimming Pool Inc $2,500
Whangamatā Returned and Services' Association $4,000
Whangamatā Theatre Society Incorporated $2,500
Whangamatā Youth Trust $6,000
Whangapoua Voluntary Rural Fire Force $6,500
Wharekawa Adventure Education Trust $5,000
Whitianga Bike Club Incorporated $3,000
Whitianga Community Services Trust $10,000
Whitianga Residents & Ratepayers Association $3,000