A $40,000 grant for Awhina House will be drawn from Tauranga City Council's Stewart Trust.

The grant is for setup costs for the house, Tauranga's first women's shelter. It is subject to a business case or operational plan and budget.

Councillors voted to support the grant last year, but a question remained over whether the money would be drawn from the council's operational funding or one of two trusts the council administers.

Yesterday it was decided to take the grant for the house from the Stewart Trust as a one-off, without a contestable funding round.

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Tauranga women's shelter trustees (from left) Coleen Spiro, Marcia Taikato-Whauwhau, Tania Lewis-Rickard and Angela Wallace. Photo / File
Tauranga women's shelter trustees (from left) Coleen Spiro, Marcia Taikato-Whauwhau, Tania Lewis-Rickard and Angela Wallace. Photo / File

The council heard the trust had $121,481 in available funds from income on the invested principle.

The Stewart Trust is set aside to be used for the relief of poverty. It has previously helped to fund the Tauranga Community Foodbank and Tauranga Moana Men's Night Shelter.

Awhina House is being established by advocacy group He Kaupapa Kotahitanga, who formed in August.

Chairwoman Angela Wallace said the decision was "great news".

The trust has leased a 13-bedroom property in The Avenues, which is being turned into an emergency shelter for Tauranga's homeless and displaced women.

In January the house was hit by thieves who took the washing machine, lawnmower, power tools and garden equipment.

In the wake of the theft, the trust was overwhelmed by donations.

The trust also secured funding from the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT) ($65,000), the Acorn Foundation and Craigs Investment Partners ($15,000), Synergy Technologies ($20,000), Watchmen Security ($10,000) and BayTrust ($6000).

They hope to open early this year.