Tauranga's SILC Charitable Trust is one of seven community groups to get funding for a skilled intern.

The announcement was made today by Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew.

SILC, Supported Individualised Lifestyle Choices, provide service to people who need support in their home and the community to achieve a quality lifestyle. It will get $35,013 in government funding to support its community work.

The funding will go towards a skilled intern to support their work as part of the Community Internship Programme.


Tauranga MP Simon Bridges congratulated the group on this achievement.

"SILC Charitable Trust will receive $35,013 in funding for an intern to review, analyse and plan the group's information technology systems to meet the increasing needs of their customer base," said Mr Bridges.

"The programme is designed to achieve specific capacity-building outcomes for host hapu, iwi, or community organisations. It also realises relationship-building outcomes between the public, private, iwi, or community sectors."

Mr Bridges said the Community Internship Programme funded hapu, iwi, or community groups to employ skilled professionals as interns to help them meet clearly identified objectives.

"By focussing on skill-sharing and the exchange of knowledge between sectors, the programme provides wins for everyone involved, while building on-going relationships which continue after an internship ends," he said.

Applications to the CIP Fund close in September each year and the allocation are for placements for three to six months, or part-time internships of up to 12 months may also be considered.