SpeakEasy Notes

Five tables – Five Experts – Five Topics

With the topics chosen by our Members, each table also had a starter question to kick off conversation or to be ignored in favour of particular questions brought to the table. These bullet point notes are to remind you of topics, ideas, thoughts, difficulties, things discussed, and to inspire further conversations.


with Linn Artaboglos

Starter Question: Any innovative and different ideas how to access funding?
  • There is anxiety over funding applications; the time it takes from the organisations’ purpose. Many organisations are in competition.
  • National umbrella organisations have some difficulty in getting funding for regional offices, Linn suggested getting your regional offices to apply to Community Trusts
  • COVID may lead to a reassessment of how funding is distributed, but this will be slow
  • Reporting processes can be frustrating (i.e. the same level of reporting for $500 as $30,000)
  • When funding is given to other groups, incl. iwi
    • It can make you question your relevance
    • There will be less to go around
    • Is this just shifting one problem/solution to another group
    • Local government rarely has a wellbeing contingent
  • Clearly identify your needs
  • Match your needs to the criteria and provide tangible examples to each criteria
  • Can you embed organisational costs into your budget
  • Community Trusts
    • The funds are not from gambling, come from the sale of banks in the 1980s and is held in public trusts (hence the name), in investment portfolios
    • There are 12 local area Trusts, independent of Government
    • They have different application forms and criteria
    • Wellington Community Trust is aware that if they are struggling then the organisations asking for funding have it worse
    • Community Trusts MUST give money away
  • Wellington Community Trust (1 of the 12 Community Trusts)
    • wants to be approached – there are fewer applications at the moment
    • Funders are often asked to attend events to be shown what a group does – this is time consuming so not such a good thing.
    • When the lockdown hit WCT allowed organisations to repurpose already allocated funding to be used in response to the pandemic
    • WCT has removed barriers by simplifying their applications – they want to give money away . There are now only 3 criteria, with a strong equity focus over all i.e priority given to organisations supporting whanau and community wellbeing, particularly those most impacted by direct and indirect consequences of Covid-19.
  • Before contacting a funder look at the website and criteria – you will be noticed more if you have done your homework – match your goals to the criteria you see
  • A lot of funders will gladly do what they can to assist your application so don’t be afraid to ring up and ask for clarification, assistance or advice
  • Connect to their primary areas of funding without distorting your purpose
  • Partnerships/Relationships may take time to build but are very worthwhile if you can
  • Where are their lists of funders?

We hope that this reminds you of some of the conversations that were had and may bring up some points to discuss within and around your organisation(s).

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