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Important Notice

1st August 2017


The Otago Community Trust is in the process of updating its systems relating to how we process our Donations and this includes our on-line donations application portal. As a result of this update we are unfortunately not going to be able to approve Donations from December 2017 until the last week of March 2018. Because we will not be considering donations from December - March you can choose to either:

• Apply to us before the end of September 2017 to get a decision before Christmas, or

• Apply as normal but wait until March or April before receiving a response to your application.

Please note that any events or festivals applying for funding are required to have their donation request to us, at least three months prior to their start date. Please feel free to contact us should you wish to discuss how this change is likely to affect your organisation – 0800 10 12 40


About Us

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 $150 million to communities across Otago. You can find information about applying here.


Working Together with Our Communities 

New Art & Culture Capability Fund for Dunedin

The Dunedin City Council and the Otago Community Trust are pleased to announce a new contestable fund has been established to offer support to not for profit arts and culture organisations. The fund will assist organisations to improve their capability, with the aim to empower them to grow a sustainable future.

The DCC has committed $30,000 towards the fund and the Otago Community Trust has agreed to match this contribution, bringing the total fund to $60,000.  The fund’s priority will be to support organisations that are interested in collaborating with others and to support the sustainability, development and innovation of arts and culture groups across the city.  

The fund is only available to those arts and culture organisations residing in the Dunedin city region of Otago. An award from the fund does not prevent an organisation from making a regular donation application to the Otago Community Trust, or a grant funding application to the Dunedin City Council.

The contestable fund is now open for applications and closes on Friday the 29th of September 2017. For further information interested organisations can contact DCC Community Arts Advisor, Craig Monk, or Otago Community Trust, Donations Manager, Carol Melville,

An application form can be found on our website under the resouces section, HERE


From the Trust

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Past Donations

Find out more about the local community projects we support through donations.

Latest News

Otago Community Trust enjoys a positive year 

  • 30-Aug-17
  • News Media Release

The Otago Community Trust invested $7.5 million into the Otago community over the last year. Around 80 people attended its Annual Public Meeting held in Dunedin on August 22. The Trust reported a positive year, its Investment Portfolio returning $22.5 million, representing a return of 9.2 percent.

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$600,000 for Waitaki Cultural Facility

  • 02-Aug-17
  • Media Release

The Otago Community Trust is pleased to announce that Trustees approved a $600,000 donation last week to support the Waitaki District Council with the development of the new Waitaki Cultural Facility. The multimillion-dollar project for the new cultural facility in Oamaru will see the amalgamation of the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive.

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How to Apply


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