2017 grants announced

Congratulations to the thirteen local groups and charities who have between them been granted more than $250,000, thanks to the Auckland Airport Community Trust!

The Trust’s 2017 grants were officially announced at its annual public meeting at the Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae at Auckland Airport, with a presentation made to each of the organisations by the Trustees. 

One of this year’s grant recipients is Gateway Community Trust, who provides youth development programmes for those who don’t have access to such opportunities. 

Manager Joseph Fa’afiu says the funding will be invaluable to their work helping young people build self-esteem, resilience and leadership skills.

“We’re so excited at Gateway Community Trust to receive a grant from Auckland Airport Community Trust! The grant will enable us to continue our work in and with South Auckland schools, and deliver youth leadership opportunities through our Inspire Young Leaders Day and Storytellers Public Speaking Initiative.”

“In receiving their generous support, we now can ensure many more youth are equipped and empowered to positively inspire, influence and impact the world around them.”

Trust Chair Noel Robinson says that making a positive social impact in areas of South Auckland most affected by aircraft noise is at the heart of the Trust’s granting.

“This funding round was once again very competitive, which demonstrates the clear local need for these grants. The Trustees had some very tough decisions to make, but we are delighted to be supporting thirteen very worthy organisations.”

“Each initiative is striving to improve outcomes for young people and families, particularly around learning and life skills, such as budgeting. This year we have also funded a number of programmes that support young people and their specific needs.”  

“We’re looking forward to strengthening relationships with all of this year’s grant recipients, and working together to improve lives in the area of benefit.”

The successful grant recipients for 2017 are:

Atawhai Guides and 1st Manukau Rangers
Christians Against Poverty
Crosspower NZ
First Foundation
Gateway Community Trust
Graeme Dingle Foundation
Littlemore Trust
Papatoetoe Adolescent Christian Trust (PACT)
Rise UP Trust
Salvation Army - Manukau South Auckland Service Hub
South Auckland Christian Foodbank
Te Whakaora Tangata

Pictured: Gateway Community Trust Manager, Joseph Fa'afiu, and two students from Tangaroa College