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Source: Auckland Council

Getting their funding application approved means that Dawson School can now install a solar power system at Dawson Primary which will help tamariki stay warm at school during the winter months.

It is one of 33 local groups that are receiving support after Ōtara-Papatoetoe approved more than $193,000 worth of funding applications through its latest local board and multi-board grants rounds.

Part of the funding would go towards various sports activities and the renovation of the court at Manukau Tennis Sports and Community Centre, and while another $7500 would back victim support volunteers in Counties Manukau Central.

These grants enable the local community groups to carry out key activities and projects that are important for our people and the local board area.

The latest grant rounds were heavily oversubscribed with applications for more than $451,000 worth of funding requests.

Local Board Chair Apulu Reece Autagavaia says, “We are pleased to do our part and support these amazing community groups as they carry out activities that matter and align with the local board’s priorities.

“All the applications were from groups working hard in the community delivering all kinds of activities and projects that have enormous value – socially, culturally, and economically.

“But we had to make some tough decisions and had to turn some good people away,” says Autagavaia.

How to get funded

The local board has various rounds of grant funding throughout the year. If your project aligns with our local board priorities, you might be eligible for support.

Visit to learn about the next grant round and find out more information.

Following groups received the funding through the latest rounds of Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Grant and Multi-Board Grant:

Auckland Wheel-breakers Inc. Pacific Fusion Fashion Show Limited New Zealand Council Of Victim Support Groups Inc.
Papatoetoe Sports Awards Trust The Community Builders NZ Trust Auckland Kindergarten Association
Auckland Seniors Support and Caring Group Tennis Auckland Region Inc. Sound of Praise International Ministry 
Tangaroa College Board of Trustees Papatoetoe Central Main Street Society Inc. Maunga Tonu Charitable Trust 
Dawson-School Board of Trustees Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust YMCA North Incorporated
South East Auckland Senior Citizens Association Inc. The Community Builders NZ Trust Auckland Softball Association Incorporated
All Heart NZ Charitable Trust Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust Fix Up, Look Sharp
World Council of Sikh Affairs Inc. Action Education Incorporated Habitat for Humanity Northern Region Limited
Otara Business Association Inc Diabetes New Zealand Children’s Autism Foundation
Manukau Beijing Opera Society Inc. XLR8 Sports Trust David Riley (towards the creation and publication of books and audiobooks based on two Cook Island legends)
Auckland Basketball Services Limited Counties Manukau Touch Association Inc. KidsCan Charitable Trust