For community groups impacted by the recent weather events, SkyCity Auckland Community Trust has established a $100,000 Awhi Emergency Response Fund. Available to community groups in the  Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Tokerau regions, applications are now open for grants between $5,000 and $10,000.

Open to community groups and organisations who are helping support their communities, grants are not available to individuals.

“Our hearts are with those who have been adversely affected by the severe weather events over the past week,” said Marama Royal, Co-Chair of the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust. “We are mindful that this damage is going to have a lasting impact on our communities, and we hope this fund will help make resources available immediately to help with the relief effort.”

The SkyCity Auckland Community Trust offers online drop-in sessions to assist groups interested in applying. These sessions will be held on 9, 14, and 17 February via Microsoft Teams. Grant applications will close on 17 February 2023, and the Trust aims to release grant funding decisions shortly after.

The link can be found on the Trust’s website.

For those who have received funding from the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust for the current financial year, this grant does not exclude them from applying for the Awhi Emergency Response Fund.

“SkyCity hopes that by making these donations available, we can make a meaningful contribution to grassroots organisations that we well placed to address the needs of their local communities,” said Callum Mallett, SkyCity Chief Operating Officer, New Zealand.

The SkyCity Entertainment Group have also donated $100,000 to organisations – $50,000 to each of Dave Letele’s BBM Programme and Vision West Community Trust. The donations will help with the vital work these organisations do for the local community.

“Koha atu koha mai – ‘two acts of kindness that maintain and sustain social relationships,’” said Royal.



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