WCT was delighted to offer the Boost Fund for the first time in 2019.  Boost is a one-off cash injection to literally boost an organisation’s capacity or activities for the year.  This year the Boost Fund had a preliminary budget of $150,000 and the Board agreed the funds could go to one organisation or be split between two organisations for $75,000 each.

WCT received 24 ‘expressions of interest’ applications; which were then shortlisted. The shortlisted organisations presented to the Board; and the following two organisations were awarded $75,000 each:

Kaibosh Food Rescue

An image of a kaibosh volunteer taking a box of fruit and vegetables from two supermarket staff.

Kaibosh was awarded $75,000 to establish the physical infrastructure of a third base, in Paraparaumu, which will service the Kāpiti and Horowhenua districts. 

This third base is forecast to drive a 35% increase in Kaibosh-redistributed food, based on the levels of the current operating model of two bases. Expanding to the Kāpiti coast will also enable access to the produce growing areas of Kāpiti and Horowhenua and thus the availability of greater volumes of fresh fruit and vegetables, the food that is most required by people in need, which can in turn be redistributed back to ‘urban’ communities through the existing Hutt and City sites.

Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation

Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation was awarded $75,000 to fund computer hardware and furniture for its Wellington office and a partial renovation of its Porirua office.

Like many community organisations, HELP’s current computers and much of their office furniture have been donated by local businesses and individuals over the last 34 years. This project will be transformative in enabling – better efficiencies for staff; a safe, secure, comforting space for clients; flexibility in homeworking; better security for systems and client data; and a modern office and therapy space that reflects the professional service delivered at HELP.

The Board was able to release an additional $100,000 for the ‘Boost Fund’ budget; which was awarded to the following shortlisted organisations:

Ignite Sport Trust

Ignite Sport Trust was awarded $50,000 to support the refurbishment of a new, purpose-fit premises – the Bell Park building in Waiwhetu. The building will serve Ignite Sport’s’ future vision to reach out to an ever-growing number of young people in the region.

Mahara Gallery

Mahara Gallery was awarded $50,000 to support fundraising for the redevelopment of the gallery – the district gallery for Kāpiti. The redevelopment will double the number of exhibition galleries, improve back-of-house and support facilities, provide a dedicated, controlled storage and display space for art works, and deliver an area which can be used for educational and community purposes.