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2018 AMI Community Grants Winners

AMI and Neighbourly have joined forces to give away $30,000 to support community organisations and projects around New Zealand that are helping to make our neighbourhoods better, safer places to live.

This is the third year which AMI have partnered with Neighbourly to run the AMI Community Grants programme, and this year we have run the grants over two rounds with applications open in January & July. We received a huge amount of amazing applications this year, and once the finalists had been shortlisted, they were submitted to the online community via Neighbourly and the winners were voted by the public as follows:

Organisation Grants

The winner and runner up of the Organisation grants received $6,000 and $4,000 to go toward the great work they are doing in their communities.


Samaritans are an organisation dedicated to suicide prevention. Last year 606 New Zealanders died by suicide, with thousands more hospitalised after suicide attempts. Samaritans provide a 24/7 helpline for anyone feeling lonely, depressed or suicidal. Last year they answered over 25,000 calls from New Zealanders who felt like they had nobody else to talk to. Samaritans are there to provide support for people whatever they are dealing with. Their callers are often struggling financially, or have lost their job, or are going through a relationship breakdown or bereavement in the family. They might be struggling with mental illness, or addiction or be the victims of family violence.

Whatever the reason for their call, Samaritans are there to provide confidential, non-religious and non-judgmental support 24 hours a day. Samaritans have used their AMI grant to help cover costs for their telephone service, and upgrade their phone and IT systems, enabling then to provide an enhanced service to callers using our 24/7 helpline.

Maketu Coastguard

People smiling in front of a coastguard boat

Over the past 5 years Maketu Coastguard have rescued over 260 people. Saving the lives of many, the unit works closely within the community and with other emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance. The crew of Maketu give their time freely, and often are called out in some of the worst conditions to help others.

They applied for an AMI Community Grant as they needed funds to purchase a new emergency rescue vessel. Due to the funds provided by the AMI Community Grant, the build of this custom designed vessel is currently underway, and will soon be out on the sea saving more lives with the volunteers of the Maketu Coastguard. You can follow the progress of the build of the new Kohinui Rescue Boat via their facebook page.

Project Grants

The winner and runner up of the Project grants received $3,000 and $2,000 to go toward the amazing work they are doing in their communities.

No one ever stands alone

No One Ever Stands Alone, or 'NESA', is dedicated to uniting together against drink driving and supporting victims and their families. They have a strong belief that we can end drink driving in New Zealand and make a difference in our nation. One of their core focuses is promoting sober driving and educating people on the dangers of drink driving. In addition, they provide ‘We Care’ packs to victims and their loved ones who have been affected by a crash with a drunk driver. They will be using their AMI grant to increase the number of ‘We Care’ packs they are able to send in 2018.

Little Sprouts

Established in 2009, the mission of Little Sprouts is to give all babies the very best start in life, and to date that’s certainly something they’ve done – growing into the wonderful charity they are now, providing life-changing boxes of baby, health and safety supplies for families in need.

Run solely by volunteers from hubs in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, they work with the Neonatal Trust, the Women's Refuge, Red Cross Refugee Services, Barnardos, Birthright, Family Start programs (who support high need families), teen parent programs, the Mary Potter Hospice, hospital social workers and more to provide packs filled with close to 200 items a baby needs in the first year of life. Check out our full blog post on Little Sprouts here.

Check out the 2017 AMI Community Grant winners here: