Otago Community Trust

The Otago Community Trust is a philanthropic organisation which applies its Trust funds for charitable and other purposes which are of benefit to the community.

The Trust provides donations across the diverse sectors of art & culture, heritage, events, environment, education, sport and recreation and community activity and community wellbeing.

Since its beginning, the Trust has distributed in excess of $145 million to communities across Otago. You can find information about applying here.


South Otago Funding Seminars - 19th of May

The Otago Community Trust is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Sport Otago, Clutha District Council and the Lottery Grants Board, two funding seminars will be held in South Otago on the 19th of May. The first will be held in Balclutha at 12.00pm at the Cross Recreation Centre with lunch provided and the second will be in Kaitangata at 5.30pm at the Kaitangata School. The seminars will provide an overview of the application process, the different community grants available and how to apply.

The seminars are aimed at people actively involved in community groups in the South Otago region, if you work for or are on a governance board of an education provider, local authority, incorporated society, charitable trust, or an unincorporated body these seminars would be perfect for you.


Making a Difference across Otago

Cromwell Bike Park – A Fantastic Community Asset

The Cromwell Bike Park is an outstanding example of the grit and resolve an Otago community showed to produce something special for the youth within their community.

Planning for the Cromwell Bike Park began five years ago and had the odd setback along the way. The fundraising took longer than anticipated and regrettably ‘red tape’ slowed down the process. Committee secretary Vivienne Wilkinson said it had been a hard process fighting for the park.

However, this did not phase or deter members of the Cromwell Bike Park committee and wider community supporters who continued to work hard to ensure the project was a success. Now thanks to years of fundraising and the generous donations of a variety of organisations, including the Otago Community Trust - Cromwell has a wonderful community asset.

The tracks are of varying difficulty, from a paved learn-to-ride area with street signs and intersections up to a jump loop. Children have a dedicated area with a learn-to-ride section that caters for beginning bike riders and this takes them through different stages assisting them with their riding skills. 

The Cromwell Bike Park provides a healthy, fun outdoor activity for all ages - promoting healthy lifestyle choices for the whole family, allowing riding skills to be taught in a safe environment. Not only that, it is an attraction for visitors to Cromwell and Central Otago.

An official opening is being planned for the spring, when all the plantings and grass around the park have been established.

Photo Credit: Glenda Roberts


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Latest News

$400,000 Boost to Social Service Agencies across Otago

  • 02-May-16
  • Media Release

The Otago Community Trust is pleased to announce it has donated $400,000 to 10 social services organisations in April. Read more

Seminar on the new Health & Safety at Work Act

  • 29-Apr-16
  • Announcements

Community Law Otago is offering to run a seminar to discuss the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. This seminar is aimed at governance boards of community groups in Dunedin. The seminar will cover your duties and responsibilities under the new legislation, and what the new legislation means practically. The below WorkSafe video also provides a comprehensive overview of what the new Health & Safety at Work Act may mean for your organisation.


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Annual Report 2015

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