2017 AMI Community Grants

AMI and Neighbourly have joined forces to give away $20,000 to support community organisations and projects around New Zealand that are helping to make our neighbourhoods better, safer places to live.

AMI and Neighbourly share a mutual vision: To help cultivate safer, stronger and more resilient communities across New Zealand and have been in partnership since 2014.

This year we received an overwhelming response with over 400 very worthy applications.

Eve Whitwell, AMI’s Community Engagement Manager says “Neighbourly allows people to stay connected with their community using a private neighbourhood website, AMI is very proud to support the great work that Neighbourly is doing to make New Zealander’s world a safer place. We were delighted to receive so many deserving applications from community organisations across New Zealand and congratulate the winners on their achievement”.

Neighbourhood Category winner Foster Hope

The Neighbourhood category recognises Neighbourly members who are working on projects that will benefit their local community – or have a project they want to get off the ground. Ideally these projects which will be focused on creating safer, more connected communities.

One of the deserving winners was Foster Hope Charitable Trust ( - Foster Hope believes that every child in care deserves to know that their community cares about them.

They demonstrate this through providing children with a backpack to ease their way and symbolise community support for them and their carer’s. Foster Hope’s backpacks currently include a book, soft toy, toiletries, and a carry all bag.