The Vital Waikato Grant is Momentum Waikato’s first contestable grant round, following on from the Waikato Vital Signs work completed in September last year. The $1 million grant aims to support up to three significant Waikato projects by change-makers who are seeking to positively impact on the top two community priorities identified in the Waikato Vital Signs report – community connectedness and youth development.
In receiving expressions of interest for the initial $1 million grant, we were excited to receive initiatives from all corners of the Waikato region. Over 70 change-makers told us their ideas about what a better Waikato looks like for them and the communities they work with. What we learnt is that there are many dedicated organisations doing incredible work here in our region, as was evidenced by requests for funding towards almost $40 million worth of projects.
In December, our independent assessment panel shortlisted the many applications down to six, and these were each invited to submit full proposals by February. Five members of the assessment panel also visited each of the projects, giving the panel the opportunity to hear first-hand from those passionate about the outcomes they are looking to achieve. With the agenda for the half day workshop left in the hands of the change-makers, the panel were informed, inspired, engaged and involved in ways unique to each of the change-makers and their collaborators.
Final proposals were received from the six shortlisted change-makers last week and are currently being fully reviewed by the assessment panel. The change-makers have been invited to make a presentation to the panel in early March, with the Momentum Waikato Board of Trustees making the final investment decision during March. We look forward to publicly announcing the successful change-makers at a special event in April. Please subscribe to our mailing list to keep up to date on all announcements.
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