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Porirua Funders Expo returns

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The Porirua Funders Expo will be held at Pātaka on Thursday 5 October.

Funders and support agencies will be on hand next month to help local groups, as the annual Porirua Funders Expo is held again at Pātaka.

The event is for organisations looking for funds to support community-focused projects around sports, the arts, supporting youth, the environment, or other areas that provide local benefit.

There will be about a dozen funders and support agencies available to chat to face-to-face at the event, running 11am-8pm on Thursday 5 October.

The event will run slightly differently this year, with groups able to drop in between 11am-3pm or later from 5-8pm to chat with funders and agencies.

From 3-5pm there will be a series of 15-minute workshops run by the support agencies on topics like budgeting, how to write a grant application and how to get set up as a charitable organisation.

“This event is a really good way for groups to get the information they need in a relaxed, face-to-face atmosphere, and connect with the correct funder for their project,” says Porirua Mayor Anita Baker.

“Events like this are fantastic to make important projects a reality.”

Funders confirmed for the day include Porirua City Council – providing information on its Young People’s Fund; the Department of Internal Affairs – which administers Lotteries and community organisation grants; Nuku Ora; Creative New Zealand; and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

Support agencies attending the event include Charities Services – which helps groups to set up as an incorporated society; Volunteer Porirua; The Gift Collective – which helps charitable initiatives understand how to manage and process their grant money; and Hui E! which provides support for writing grant applications.

Mayor Baker says for groups keen on heading along, the best way to prepare is to have a clear vision of what they want funded, a good idea of the budget for the initiative, and how many people are expected to benefit from it.

26 Sep 2023