The Christchurch Diocesan Earthquake Recovery Fund was set up by Bishop Barry Jones to distribute monies donated to him following the earthquake of September 4th, 2010 and the subsequent earthquakes. The fund exists to help those people affected by the earthquakes. To do this, the Diocese is seeking to help parishes and those within parishes to respond to the needs of their own community and also to the wider community. Applications are now open to parishes, organisations and interested individuals wishing to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the earthquakes.
Goals of the fund:
The fund has four main goals.Additional information, contact details, and an application form are available here. It is not necessary for an organisation to be Catholic to apply.
There are some general guidelines that also need to be taken into consideration when applying for funding.
- To alleviate human suffering.
- To assist community development and cultural activities especially those that seek to help rebuild community spirit and resilience in parishes and the wider community.
- To help parishes continue to meet the pastoral needs of their parishioners post-earthquake.
- To help parishes prepare for future events / improved disaster preparedness.
- The application for funding must be for a project that meets needs following the earthquakes of 2010 – 2011 i.e. a need that was not there prior to this.
- Priority will be given to projects that fulfil pastoral and human relief needs that are not currently being met or are severely lacking, require supplementary help or further assistance.
- Each application must demonstrate how the funds given will be used.
- Applicants will be required to report back to the Bishop at regular intervals.
- No applications will be considered for the rebuilding of churches, capital expenditure or insurance issues.