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 it's 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 twelve 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:
|Claire Matthews - Chair||Pahiatua|
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, somewhere in the Trust's region. The next Public Meeting will be held in Masterton, Wednesday 28 August 2013 .