Aid grants cake cut smaller

2011-03-07 00:00

THE Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) handed out R400 000 to local non-profit organisations (NPOs) at its annual grants-in-aid presentations held at the Council Chambers in Port Shepstone on Friday.

There were 94 beneficiaries from NPOs on the Hibiscus Coast who received handouts, with the original sum being distributed according to the credibility of their applications.

HCM speaker Ronnie Nair told the beneficiaries during the ceremony that council has done what it can to help them.

“Council has a good track record of working with the community,” he said.

“The amount we have handed out this year is the same that we did the year before.”

Beneficiaries were required to complete an application form and meet certain criteria before being granted a handout.

“Applicants needed to show a track record of their organisation and say how the grant would improve their performance,” said Nair.

“There were 11 applicants of the original 105 that were not considered.”

HCM Mayor Nolwazi Shusha urged the beneficiaries to use the money they have received wisely.

“We have had to cut the cake smaller so that everyone can share in what is a small but significant fund,” she said.

“We urge you to continue to do the good work that you have been doing without compensation up to this point.”

Shusha said every beneficiary will be required to sign an acceptance form that states that the organisation will update the HCM about how the money had been spent.

“Failure to do this will jeopardise that organisation’s chance of securing a grant in the future,” warned Shusha.

“This is very important as we need to account for the taxpayers’ money.” Shusha said she is confident that next year a bigger sum will be put aside for the grants.

Organisations involved in charity work and education and public and private non-profit agencies were given grants.

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