MULTI-PUPOSE COURT AREA FOR TE AWAMUTU PRIMARY SCHOOL The children of Te Awamutu Primary School and the local community now have a multi-purpose court area that is available for use all year round, thanks to funding from Milestone Foundation. Te Awamutu Primary School is a decile 5 school located in the heart of Te Awamutu with a current roll of approximately 511 students. Speaking of the approved funding, Principal, Sharon Griffiths said, “For the last two years our school has been busy fundraising to upgrade the courts in the school grounds. Our objective behind the upgrade was to be able to offer to the wider community, our students, cultural and sports teams, somewhere to train that is up to date and easy to use. To be able to make this happen we needed grant funding and were extremely lucky to be able to get Milestone Foundation to help us out with funding. Thank you so much Milestone Foundation for your financial support of our project”.
SUBSIDISED PROGRAMMES FOR AUCKLAND TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION The Auckland Table Tennis Association were able to deliver free and heavily subsidised table tennis programmes to junior table tennis students thanks to funding from Milestone Foundation.
The Auckland Table Tennis Association exists to facilitate participation in table tennis in the Central and Eastern Auckland geographic regions, and to foster the growth of the sport in Auckland and ultimately nationally. They conduct key community programmes which do more than just help people get started in sport.
Speaking of the approved funding, CEO, Shane Warbrooke said, “The Auckland Table Tennis Association is very grateful to Milestone Foundation for providing crucial funding towards coach salary costs that enabled the Association to deliver free and heavily subsidised table tennis programmes to young junior table tennis students. Two key programmes supported by funding from Milestone Foundation included the Hosting Inclusive Table Tennis special needs programme that provides free table tennis coaching to over 120 special needs students from 6 schools, and a Girls’ programme that provides free table tennis coaching with the goal of encouraging greater participation from female students. In addition, Junior Club, a School Holiday Coaching programme, the Juniors Pathway Coaching Squads, and Tournament Coaching were delivered. Thanks to Milestone Foundation!” For more information about The Auckland Table Tennis Association, please see their website - http://www.tabletennis.net.nz/
GRANT RECIPIENTS FOR YEAR END 30 JUNE 2018 Milestone Foundation are pleased to announce that we contributed $681,705.83 to sport, education and community groups between 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
Each month, Milestone Foundation approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.
We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our August 2018 meeting.
COACHING FOR ONEHUNGA SPORTS FOOTBALL CLUB The children at Onehunga Sports Football Club now have new skills thanks to funding from Milestone Foundation.
Onehunga Sports Football Club is a long established football club based at Waikaraka Park in Auckland. They provide community youth programmes all year round for youth who wish to participate in sport. The club are passionate about developing and supporting their members to fulfil their football dreams and follow their passion for the game in a supportive community environment.
Speaking of the approved funding, General Manager, Mark Bailey said, “We are very thankful for the funding that has enabled us to bring in skilled coaches to support our growing First Kicks Programme. The club now has over 20 children aged 4 and 5 that are enjoying the programme on a Saturday morning”. For more information about Onehunga Sports Football Club, please see their website - onehungasports.net
CHANGES TO OUR GRANTS POLICY Milestone Foundation recently completed their annual review of their Grants Policy for 2018. To view the updated policy please click here
MUSIC EQUIPMENT FOR WESTLAKE BOYS HIGH SCHOOL The students at Westlake Boys High School can now enjoy their new music equipment thanks to funding from Milestone Foundation.
Westlake Boys High School is a state secondary boys’ school, which caters for Years 8 to 13. They offer an outstanding supportive and enjoyable learning environment for Auckland’s young men.
Speaking of the approved funding, Headmaster David Ferguson said, “The instruments gifted to us via funding from Milestone Foundation have allowed us to choose and perform music which would have been previously inaccessible to our music department. Thanks to Milestone Foundation the Music Department at our School has been greatly enhanced”.
COURT TIME FOR AUCKLAND SI HAI BADMINTON CLUB The members of Auckland Si Hai Badminton Club can now enjoy their court time thanks to funding from Milestone Foundation.
Auckland Si Hai Badminton Club is a growing badminton club in the Auckland community. They encourage exercise, making new friends, improving health and bringing the Chinese community of all ages together.
Speaking of the approved funding, Club Secretary Laura Wu said, “We would like to take the time to extend our sincere gratitude to Milestone Foundation for their funding and support. The social club days we hold attract new players and promote a physically active community. Without funding from Milestone Foundation, this would not be possible”.
VICTIM SUPPORT LAUNCHES INFORMATION IN SIX LANGUAGES Victim Support have launched a range of new brochures in six languages that will make Victim Support's services more accessible to victims of crime and trauma with limited English.
The new brochures have been produced in Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Samoan, and Tongan. They assist with information about Victim Support's services and how to access them if language is a barrier. The brochures will be available through Police and Victim Support offices around New Zealand.
The translation and printing of brochures was made possible with a grant from Milestone Foundation. We're proud to be able to support organisations like Victim Support who do great work within our community.
Milestone Foundation Chairman Leon Li at the launch of the Victim Support brochures
Auckland, April 2017
PANAMA SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW PLAYGROUND Milestone Foundation is proud to support Panama School in Mt Wellington, Auckland and the development of its new playground.
POKIE PROCEEDS: BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES A huge number of community organisations benefit from gaming machine proceeds by way of grants. In the 2015/2016 financial year alone good causes received about $260 million in grants, an amount many community groups would struggle to source elsewhere.
The Department of Internal Affairs have recently developed an e-booklet called "Pokie Proceeds: Building Strong Communities". It tells the stories of 10 organisations helped by gaming funding from Gaming Trusts in New Zealand - why they applied for a grant, challenges they faced, what the money was put to and tips to other applicants.
If you're a Community Organisation, we recommend reading the booklet to improve your knowledge and build your organisation's confidence in seeking funding. The booklet also includes tips on how to best apply for gaming grants.
The e-booklet Pokie Proceeds: Building Strong Communities was developed and written by the Department of Internal Affairs.
ARE YOU SEEKING FUNDING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY? Milestone Foundation may make grants for any charitable purpose and any non-commercial purpose that is beneficial to the whole or a section of the community. Our intention is to distribute funding to support education, health and matters that promote and support the Asian culture in New Zealand.
We are currently seeking more applications from education and community based organisations that support the Asian culture in New Zealand.
The Milestone Foundation Board meets on the third Thursday of the month to review grant applications. Completed application forms must be received by our Grants Team on or before the last working day of the month prior to the Board meeting in which the application is to be considered.