16 July 2013
The Department of Internal Affairs: Community Facilities Fund has approved a $500,000 grant for the Te Mata Park Visitor and Education Centre.
This brings the total amount raised for the project to $2.736m of the Te Mata Park Trust’s $4m target.
The Lottery Grants Board said that the Centre aligned well with its priorities and funding criteria. The fund was significantly over prescribed, with $23m worth of applications for the $10m of available funds.
Trust Chair Bruno Chambers says this is another huge milestone for the project, which will see the Centre constructed near the Park gates.
“The Centre received the full amount applied for by the Trust, which is a significant chunk of what the board distributed. That shows that the Centre is a quality and worthy project at a national level,” Mr Chambers says.
Sponsorship and Government Relations consultancy Giblin Group made the application on the Trust’s behalf. Giblin Group director Jenni Giblin says she was delighted that the full amount requested was approved.
“We think the Centre is absolutely deserving of this grant. The approval of this grant continues Giblin Group’s 100 percent success rate with applications to the Department of Internal Affairs: Lottery Grant Board,” Mrs Giblin says.
The Centre has also had commitments from Hastings District Council ($1.1m); Hawke’s Bay Regional Council ($500,000); Napier City Council ($250,000); and a further $420,000 committed from private philanthropists and charitable trusts.
The Trust currently has an application being considered by the Eastern and Central Community Trust and a number of gaming trusts. The Trust is hoping to secure the remaining required funds from local business and philanthropic individuals.
The Trust has lodged a resource consent for the construction of the building with Hastings District Council and a report is due from an independent commissioner later this month.