Eastern & Central Community Trust (ECCT) makes funding donations to community organisations in Gisborne District, Hawke's Bay, Tararua, Wairarapa, Manawatu & Horowhenua.
The Eastern & Central Community Trust is an independent, charitable trust, and is open and accountable to its community. The Trust regularly donates money to community groups within its area; donations amount to around $5 million per annum. The aim is to help these groups achieve the things they believe will make their communities a better place for all who live there.
Donations are for charitable, cultural, philanthropic and recreational projects or services. If a community group identifies a special need and shows a commitment to helping itself, it will receive consideration.
There are ten Trustees, appointed by the Minister of Finance. They are selected for their professional or community-based experience and must live within the Trust's region.
The current Trustees are:
|Anna Hansen||Hawke's Bay|
|Caren Rangi - Deputy Chair||Hawke's Bay|
|Mark Kilmister||Hawke's Bay|
|Shelly Mitchell-Jenkins - Chair||Horowhenua|
The Trustees are responsible for managing funds of more than $130 million and distributing income for the benefit of the communities from Poverty Bay through to Wairarapa, and across the lower North Island to Manawatu and Horowhenua.
A Public Meeting is held each year, within the Trust's region. The next Public Meeting is scheduled to be held in in August 2018. Further details will be made available closer to the time.