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CLIENT NEWS: More than $6000 available to local community groups this March

More than $6000 available to local community groups this March

Local electricity retailer, King Country Energy has announced it has more than $6000 worth of funding available for community groups within its operating area this month.

The funding is part of the $20,000 that KCE makes available every year via it's Heartland Community Fund. The fund was established in 2014 and takes applications from community groups in March, July and November every year.

KCE community relations manager Helen Peacock is this month encouraging applications from groups with upcoming projects that make their community safer, healthier, sustainable and/or more connected.

"We know there are countless organisations out there that could do with a financial 'hand up'. We are looking for those organisations to come forward so that we can spread our corporate sponsorship as widely as possible throughout our operating area," Helen said.

Last funding round, November last year, KCE gave $9,019 to four community groups. These were Mananui Volunteer Fire Service, Kawhia Moana Aotea Whenua, Taumarunui Girl Guiding and Inspire Church Taupo Trust.

"Funding went towards helmet torches for volunteer fire fighters to use at night; a beach clean-up programme; camping equipment for use by Pippins, Brownies, Guides and Rangers; and running first aid courses for community members.

"All of these projects align with Heartland's values of keeping the community safe, healthy, beautiful and connected.

In total Heartland offered $19,936 to 16 community groups last year. Helen said that grants in each funding round typically range from $200 - $2000 per successful application.