In 2014 the Trustees decided to dedicate $1 million of funds from the Special Focus Fund to a project for the children and/or youth in Christchurch. The intention being to celebrate what is possible in the new Christchurch and benefit younger generations as the city continues to rebuild and grow.
The recipient was the Christchurch YMCA for their planned Youth Art Place which is a redevelopment of their Hereford Street premises into a free, collaborative space for young people to meet, be creative, engage in activities and reinforce their sense of community.
The Youth Art Place will be an alternative to the street or a shopping mall as a place to meet, and will include urban art-related activities, youth programmes and support, as well as a 200-seat community theatre. It will also provide a permanent home for the world’s largest collection of Banksy artwork.
The YMCA project was selected following a comprehensive process to find a long-lasting project supporting a vibrant and inclusive post-earthquake Christchurch, where all children and young people thrive. The Foundation went to the community looking for a long-term project to celebrate what’s possible in the new Christchurch. The art place was chosen from 31 local applications and a youth panel, involving seven young Cantabrians aged 15 to 18 years, was involved in the selection process.
The foundation provided focused funding to support the recovery of Christchurch and its people from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
This $2 million fund completed its granting in 2013 and a list of recipients is available here.
Applications for funding should now be made via the foundation’s General Fund.