Lifewise set to give $34,000 grant (+video)

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Lifewise Rotorua is giving away a shared grant of $34,000 to community and charity groups for projects that support the Rotorua Homeless Action Plan.

Last year, the first Lifewise Big Sleepout in Rotorua, supported by the Rotorua community working party raised $34,000.

This year, the funds raised are being made available for the Rotorua Community via a one-off grant process.

The goal is to deliver a project that is aligned to the Rotorua Homeless Action Plan.

Lifewise hosted its first Big Sleepout fundraising event in Rotorua last year.

Thirty-eight business, community and political leaders slept rough in the Pukuatua St carpark, sponsored by friends and family.

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The Big Sleepout supports the work of local agencies to end homelessness in Rotorua.

The Rotorua Homeless Action Plan, New Zealand's first community-based action plan to end homelessness, was launched in February.

It was put together by a working party made up of representatives from community organisations.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on March 18, to download the application form go to

Get a copy of the Rotorua Homeless Action Plan at

The Working Party:
- Rotorua Salvation Army
- Community Facing Ministries (St John)
- Community Probation Service
- Te Waiariki Purea Trust
- Ngati Whakaue
- Te Arawa Whanau Ora
- Lifewise Rotorua
- Rotorua District Presbyterian Church
- Ministry of Social Development

- Rotorua Daily Post

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