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Micro-grants help support Wellington charities

A micro-grant provided by Thankyou Payroll Charitable Trust to Newtown Community Centre has meant that their ‘Boomerang Bags ’ initiative to help remove single use plastic bags from the Newtown community was able to get off the ground.

Rosie Morrison, one of the key people behind Boomerang Bags. Photo: Supplied / Hamish McCormick

“Boomerang Bags is all about creating connections, building sustainable communities, minimising fabric waste, and removing single use plastic bags from our environment,” said Eryn Gribble, Coordinator at Newtown Community Centre.

Inspired by Boomerang Bag groups in Karori, Aro Valley and Mt Victoria, Newtown Community Centre brought a group of people together to create reusable fabric bags to replace single use plastic bags in local supermarkets and retailers.

From this initiative, friendships were built and design, screen printing, and sewing skills were taught and shared. Boomerang Bags are now in supermarkets and retail outlets across Newtown.

The range of bags available from Boomerang Bags. Photo: Supplied

“Grant funding is vital for our survival and the continuation of our various community initiatives,” Eryn said.

“Some organisations make you jump through hoops for small grants and the time you invest in writing the application and submission is simply not worth the effort. For some ideas, only a small amount of money is needed to get things moving and the application process for this grant was quick and easy”.

“There are lots of awesome individuals and smaller groups that don’t have charitable status and the Thankyou Charitable Trust grants honour their role and value in our community and allow their ideas to flourish,” Eryn added.

Thankyou Charitable Trust operates four grant rounds a year; providing micro-grants of up to $3,000 to individuals or charitable organisations in communities with a high need (i.e. the socio-economic index is >7). Typically the grant rounds are postcode based. The application process is online and relatively straightforward to complete.

Social Enterprise and online payroll provider, Thankyou Payroll , supports business owners and operators by providing online payroll software and acting as an IRD intermediary for payday filing obligations. By leveraging an IRD subsidy for payroll providers, Thankyou Payroll is able to provide their services free of charge to small business and charities, and contribute to projects that positively impact local communities in terms of wellbeing, resilience or sustainability. 25c per person per pay is donated to the Thankyou Charitable Trust and distributed to communities via micro-grants.

For individuals or organisations interested in finding out more about Thankyou Charitable Trust, go to:

There will be four rounds of postcode-based grants provided in 2019. Each grant round is open for a month:

-News from Thankyou Payroll