Riverside Community Trust Board is excited to announce that charitable, not-for-profit groups can now make use of the Riverside Community Cultural Centre free of charge.
Via this kind of sponsorship, the Board hopes to strengthen community ties in our region while also easing some of the financial burden that some local not-for-profit groups are facing, in particular since the Covid-19 lock-down.
This sponsorship is as much about providing a warm and welcoming space for underfunded, charitable events as it is about supporting educational activities and groups caring for vulnerable members of our society. Therefore, we welcome all applications by not-for-profit groups and organisations which have the advancement of education, or the relief of indigence and infirmity (physical and mental) at the very core of their everyday being.
You do not need to be a registered charity to be eligible for Trust sponsored (free) use of the Centre, but you need to be able to show that your event's primary goal is to promote charitable purposes in the wider public rather than to provide for a business income or individual profit. (For example, a group using the kitchen to cook free meals for struggling new parents in the region will be most likely eligible but a business using the kitchen to prepare products for sale to the public wont be.)
If you think that your group or activity fits our criteria (see below), please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief outline of what you would like to use the Centre for, and our Centre Manager will get back to you.
Main Criteria for Sponsorship Eligibility
1. Your event has to align with the trust’s purposes as specified in Riverside Community Trust Board’s Deed 1953:
‘For the promotion within New Zealand of education in general and in particular moral and ethical education and education in economic principles and agricultural science and instruction in agricultural handicrafts and manual industries.’
‘For the relief of indigence and infirmity physical and mental.
2. Your event has to be for the benefit of the wider public.
3. Your event has to be run as a not-for-profit activity; the Centre Manager and Board need to be satisfied that the event’s primary intention is for fulfilling one of the charitable purposes above rather than for making profit*.
*Local school boards may seek Centre Sponsorship for fundraising efforts; however, in these cases the Board expects a contribution towards maintenance costs as determined by the Centre Manager.