From the unprecedented impact resulting from COVID-19 and beginning to understand the complete impact this disruption has brought on our wider community, the Trust has spent the past few weeks exploring a range of giving models which focus on being more directly responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty communities. A giving model which focuses on impactful funding was decided as the most appropriate given the unique challenges our community has and will continue to experience.
With this in mind, this year the Trust will be holding a 'closed' funding round. This means that the Trust will not be calling for applications. Instead, the Trust will look to partner with selected organisations already supporting the community in the priority areas of Basic Needs (food, shelter, care and support).
We acknowledge that many of you may be disappointed by this news, however, we hope you will be supportive of our decision and the rationale which informed it, in light of the impacts experienced within our communities.
SkyCity Community Trust Team