Money raised by the inaugural Mayoress’ Charity Gala Ball will soon be available to groups working with young Aucklanders as applications for grants are now open.
The ball, hosted by Mayor Len Brown and Mayoress Shan Inglis last November, raised $170,000 towards the Mayoress’ Fund for Youth, an independent charitable fund administered within the Auckland Communities Foundation.
The fund will support initiatives that directly benefit the health, well-being, educational opportunities and employment of young people living in Auckland.
“I believe in an Auckland where every child has the best possible start in life and a future full of opportunities,” says Shan Inglis. “I am delighted by the success of the inaugural ball and the Mayoress’ Fund for Youth is now in a position to take applications for its first grants.”
Auckland Communities Foundation Chief Executive Mark Bentley says applications will be assessed by the Foundation’s independent Research and Grants Committee.
“Our advisors are experts in their fields and take an evidence-based approach to grant-making; ensuring that grants support initiatives with proven outcomes that address the real needs of young people in Auckland.”
Len Brown says he and the Mayoress were thrilled with the generosity of their guests and sponsors at the inaugural event. “The money raised from this event will support important initiatives working toward raising confident, healthy and resilient young Aucklanders with good education and career opportunities.”
The Mayoress hopes the Westpac Mayoress’ Charity Gala Ball will become a key fixture in Auckland’s annual events calendar. The 2012 event will be held on Saturday 22 September.
Shan Inglis has designed the fund to be a legacy for Auckland. In addition to the annual grants, she hopes to build a permanent endowment for Auckland’s young people over time. A percentage of the money raised each year will be held within the fund to ensure long-term support for young Aucklanders. It is envisaged that the patronage of the fund will pass on to future mayoral partners of Auckland.
Details on how to make applications and the criteria for grants is available on the Auckland Communities Foundation website www.aucklandcf.org.nz/mayoressfund. The Foundation will be looking to identify sustainable projects based on evidence, best practice and local knowledge.
Fund opens for applications: Now
Applications close: 31 March 2012
Grants announced: 25 May 2012