Spotlight on community groups from April grant funding round

Rather than our profits heading offshore, at WBS, any profits we distribute go back into our local community through grants and sponsorship. Last financial year, we supported a total of 58 local organisations. This year, we’ve already supported 33, with another funding round yet to take place. This month, we will be highlighting some of the wonderful grant recipients from our April funding round.

Above: Wai Art Trust members from left, Jo Lysaght and Ngaire Kearney, with youth artist, Athena Spencer and third Trust member Anna Kingsley on the right.

The Wai Art Trust received a grant towards the Wai Art Show, a 3-day annual exhibition featuring a diverse range of 2D and 3D artworks from local artists and craftspeople from all over New Zealand.

Here’s what the Trustees of the Wai Art Trust had to say about their grant: ‘We are thrilled to receive the WBS grant to help encourage young artists to participate in the annual Wai Art Show held in September’.

Above: Course Superintendent, Cameron Halberg, and his dog CJ in the refurbished staff room at Mahunga Golf Club.

The Mahunga Golf Club was another organisation to have their application for support approved. The Masterton based ‘friendly’ local club are a much-loved institution.

Here’s how the funding is going to make a difference to them: ‘Big shout out to the WBS who answered our call for support when we decided to upgrade our smoko room for our new Course Superintendent, Cameron Halberg.’

Above: Carterton Crier committee members.

Another of the grant recipients so far this year is the Carterton Crier, a monthly community magazine featuring unique local stories connected to the Carterton community.

The monthly issue always makes a wonderful read, and is collated, edited and distributed by volunteers.

Here’s what the committee of the Carterton Crier had to say about their grant: ‘The Carterton Crier is taking the first steps to becoming a sustainable monthly publication, so the WBS support is most timely and helpful.’