MCA GRANTS

The Maungaraki Community Association (MCA) was formed in 1983, and we have been diligently working for our community ever since.

We want celebrate and build upon what we believe is a fantastic community made up of diverse and talented people.

Each year the MCA allocates specific funds to invest back into the community through our grants service. Our grants come in three forms, Community Development and National Sport and Cultural Participation.

Have a read through the FAQ below to see if you are eligible to apply.
We would love to hear from you.

FAQ

1. What are the eligibility requirements?

1. The applicant must be a Maungaraki resident or community group, (or have very close links to Maungaraki) with a not-for-profit objective.

2. Community Development Grants must only be for projects, facilities and activities that are available to and benefit the whole community, or a significant subset of the community. For clarity, in most cases the MCA won’t make grants to private companies or individuals for activities that provide benefit primarily to those private companies or individuals.

3. National Sport and Cultural Participation Grants, (NSCP) must align and assist members of the community in participation, travel, and engagement in major national sports and cultural competitions and events.

NSCP Grants awarded shall be for, but not limited to, the following:

4. Members of the community representing a local club, team, or region, or themselves, in significant sporting, cultural or other pursuits at a national or international level.

5. Members of the community participating in sporting, cultural or other pursuits that have a national relevance, where they are representing a local club, team, or region.

6. All recipients of MCA Grants must agree to write an accountability report that can be used on the MCA website and/or social media if required.

2. What is the application process?
  1. Fill out the MCA Grant Application form and email it to grants@maungaraki.co.nz

2. Each submission will be acknowledged via email

3. All applications are reviewed at MCA monthly meetings

4. MCA will then contact the applicant with the outcome of their submission

5. MCA will issue the funds to the Recipient in one instalment, within 10 working days of the date the Grant Agreement is signed.

3. How long does it take to get approved?

Please allow at least one month from the date of the application, to allow time for the MCA to discuss the submission at their monthly meeting, and to make their final decisions.

4. How will applicants be contacted?

Applicants will be contacted via the information submitted on the application form. This will be via email or phone.

5. Why was my application refused?

Your application may have not met the eligibility requirements, please check the requirements listed above.

6. How many times can I apply?

You may apply for MCA Grants no more than 2x per annum. This is to allow fair and equal opportunities.

7. When can I apply for a Grant?

You can apply for an MCA Grant at any time throughout the year.

8. What amount of funding can I apply for?

Community Development Grants are one-off grants to projects and activities that benefit the Maungaraki Community and/or improve community facilities. These will be awarded on a case-by-case circumstance and up to a limit agreed by motion.

NSCP Grants (in most cases) will be for an amount up to $200 (for an individual) and $500 (for a team) and may be used towards any costs associated with attendance at the event. The total amount available for grants each year will be set annually by the MCA as part of the budget process, as finances allow, and is expected to be at least $2000 per annum.

9. What do we have to provide in our accountability reporting?

All grant winners will be required to write a report about their event and experience. We encourage photos, quotes, and case studies (if possible) with permission for the MCA to use these on our various social media, web, and print channels.

10. The project / competition / tournament we applied for funding for is no longer going ahead, what should I do?

We understand that things can change and are happy to work with you to either transfer the grant to another project / competition / tournament you are running, or alternatively you can return it to us. Please contact the MCA and advise them.

11. We have surplus funds left over from our funding – what should we do?

Grants must be used for the purpose the grant is awarded, and must be returned to the MCA if they haven’t been used for that purpose within 12 months of award (or another timeframe agreed between the parties when the grant is awarded.

12. Is there a time limit on spending the funds?

All funds must be spent on the chosen event within 12 months from the signing of the Grant Agreement.

MCA GRANTS APPLICATION FORM

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MCA COMMUNITY GRANTS POLICY

One of the objects of the Maungaraki Community Association (“the MCA”) is to “promote and engage in community activities that help develop a community spirit in Maungaraki and the wider Hutt Valley” (see Rule 3.d. of the Rules of the MCA).

To that end, the MCA will make periodic grants to Maungaraki individuals or community groups to assist with not-for-profit objectives.

Community Development Grants

The MCA may periodically make one-off grants to projects and activities that benefit the Maungaraki Community and/or improve community facilities.

The rules for such grants are as follows:

1. Grants must only be for projects, facilities and activities that are available to and benefit the whole community, or a significant subset of the community. For clarity, in most cases the MCA won’t make grants to private companies or individuals for activities that provide benefit primarily to those private companies or individuals.

2. Grants that are intended to meet special or unmet needs in the community shall be considered to benefit the community, even if they are only relevant to a smaller group within the community (such as those with disabilities) provided they are accessible to all members of the community.

3. All grants awarded must be approved by the MCA Committee on a majority vote;

4. The decision on Community Development Grants of up to a limit agreed by motion may be delegated to a sub-committee of the MCA Committee, ratified at the next full MCA Committee meeting.

5. Any grant of $2000 or more may only be awarded upon all parties to the grant signing the MCA Grant Agreement.

6. Grants must be used for the purpose the grant is awarded, and must be returned to the MCA if they haven’t been used for that purpose within 12 months of award (or another timeframe agreed between the parties when the grant is awarded);

7. Other than (6) above, grants will usually be awarded without conditions. However, where conditions are necessary to ensure community benefit, a mechanism must be agreed by which evidence of the conditions being met is provided to MCA.

8. No private pecuniary advantage may be received as a result of the awarding of the MCA Community Grants.

All grants are public and transparent, and supported projects will be published.

NATIONAL SPORTS & CULTURAL PARTICIPATION GRANTS

The MCA will include a budget provision each year for NSCP (National Sport and Cultural Participation) Grants, to assist members of the community to participate, travel to and engage in major national sports and cultural competitions and events.

While these grants will be awarded to an individual or team, the community benefit of members of the Maungaraki Community being involved in major sports and cultural events is seen as greater than any private pecuniary advantage.

NSCP Grants awarded shall be for, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Members of the community representing a local club, team or region, or themselves, in significant sporting, cultural or other pursuits at a national or international level;
  2. Members of the community participating in sporting, cultural or other pursuits that have a national relevance, where they are representing a local club, team or region.

The following shall apply for NSCP Grants:

  1. The total amount available for grants each year will be set annually by the MCA as part of the budget process, as finances allow, and is expected to be at least $2000 per annum.
  2. In most cases, grants will be for an amount up to $200 (for an individual) and $500 (for a team) and may be used towards any costs associated with attendance at the event.
  3. No evidence of expenditure is necessary, however if for any reason the event is cancelled or the recipient doesn’t attend, the grant must be repaid to the MCA (less any amount spent in good faith towards attending the event).
  4. The conditions of the Grants being awarded are that:
    a) The individual or team produces a short writeup of their participation, including photos, to be published in the Maungaraki Views and on the MCA website and social media channels;
    b) Any unspent funds are returned to the MCA.

    For the purposes of this section, “Members of the Community” shall mean those who normally reside within the suburb of Maungaraki or have very close links with the Maungaraki community.

  1. The MCA may call for applications, or may make awards periodically throughout the year.
  2. The MCA committee may delegate awarding of NSCP Grants to a sub-committee;
  3. In any given year, the MCA reserves the right not to make an allocation for grants available;
  4. Provision of a grant in one year does not mean a similar application in a subsequent year will be successful.