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ASB grant elves deliver prezzies

Four industry organisations will have a little more to celebrate this Christmas after the ASB Community Trust announced its December grants.

In diminishing order of value (though not necessarily benefit derived), DOCNZ scored an $80,000 contribution towards operating costs; WIFT found $30,000 under the tree; Film Auckland unwrapped $20,000 towards operational costs; and Script to Screen opened up a $16,806 present.

Not surprisingly, it was difficult if not impossible to reach some of the recipients for comment today, but it’s reasonable to assume they’re all happy and grateful to receive money that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.

DOCNZ’s Dan Shanan and Film Auckland’s Michael Brooks were both very pleased to have received funds, and praised the ASB Community Trust for the way it has handled applications this year, communicating regularly with applicants as the awards were made a little later than usual this year.

The ASB Community Trust distributes grants to the not-for-profit sector throughout Auckland and Northland, totalling more than $600m since being formed in 1988.

In total, over $4 million was distributed this year, with the biggest single amount announced today being $375,000 for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.