Annual distributions hit record high in time of need

Fifty-nine Hawke’s Bay charities have received a well-deserved funding boost following Hawke’s Bay Foundation’s annual distribution of grants.

This year a record $250,212 was distributed – a significant increase on recent years thanks to two additional funding streams.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, $62,000 was donated to the Hawke’s Bay Foundation Emergency Response Fund, which was established earlier this year to assist organisations severely impacted by COVID-19.

The Tindall Foundation, of which Hawke’s Bay Foundation is the proud distribution partner, provided an additional $25,000 to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Hawke’s Bay Foundation received 85 applications from community organisations totalling $587,871. As in previous years, the applications far outstripped the funds available.

The Hawke’s Bay Foundation Distributions Committee, a volunteer panel comprised of trustees and community representatives, considered all applications in light of the impact of COVID-19 on both the organisations and their clients, who will increasingly require support in the post-COVID world.

Chair of Hawke’s Bay Foundation’s Distributions Committee, Sarah Mulcahy, believes the funds will be welcomed more than ever before by the charitable sector.

“There were applications from a wide variety of organisations, all of whom play a vital role in a thriving community sector,” Sarah says.

“We are fortunate to be able to assist these worthy organisations thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donors.”