People with ideas for services or events that will aid the recovery of communities affected by the mosque attacks are being reminded they can access funding through the Community Activation Fund.
“The Community Activation Fund was set up after the mosque attacks to provide support for grassroots, community-led initiatives that would bring people together and help those affected by the attacks to get back to everyday life activities,’’ says Christchurch City Council Head of Community Support, Governance and Partnerships John Filsell.
“In the first year the fund has been used to support things like camps for Muslim youth, ethnic sporting tournaments, multicultural nights, swimming classes for Muslim women and children, the distribution of gift packs for children during Eid, and community gardening workshops.
“Altogether the fund has been used to support 100 projects organised by 55 different groups. It has allowed those who know their own communities best to plan and develop activities and services that help with the healing process,’’ Mr Filsell says.
The fund, which was set up by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in partnership with the Council and the Office of Ethnic Communities, was originally intended to be available for 12 months.
However, the decision has been made to keep the fund running. MSD is providing the funding.
“It is clear from the victim impact statements that were read at last week’s sentencing of the mass murderer that many people are still deeply affected by the mosque attacks. We want those people to feel safe, included and connected to our communities. The Community Activation is one way we can help those who are working to help them feel that way, ’’ Mr Filsell says.
Applications to the fund are being accepted now and can be made online.