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


Empowering Otago Communities 

Otago Community Trust Learning Impact Fund 

The Otago Community Trust is pleased to announce that it has launched a new Learning Impact Fund. The fund is available to all Otago schools within the Otago Community Trust funding area from 1 April 2017 to 31st March 2020.

The Trust has identified education of Otago’s young people as a priority area for funding and the Learning Impact Fund supports schools to address the specific needs of their students. 

All schools will be sent correspondence from the Trust on the new Learning Impact Fund and what it means for them.

The Learning Impact Fund will not affect funding available to assist other projects supported by the Otago Community Trust. Schools can still apply for assistance for other projects under the Trusts general application process. More information on the fund can be found HERE


From the Trust

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Past Donations

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Latest News

Central Otago Funding Drop-In-Session

  • 23-Mar-17
  • Announcements

Are you based in Central Otago and looking for funding for a community project or do you have questions about funding or the funding process? A funding drop-in-session will be on next Tuesday 1pm to 3.00pm in Cromwell. Come along and speak to a number of the different funders - Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust, Central Otago District Council, Queenstown Lakes District Council & Internal Affairs. The team here are always happy to help

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Learn to Ride Park Opens

  • 21-Mar-17
  • News

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher cut the red ribbon and about 30 children wheeled on to Oamaru’s "latest playground attraction" on Saturday 18th of March. After two and a-half years of planning, and about four months of construction, Friendly Bay Railway Bridge Restoration Trust’s $250,000 learn-to-ride bike park at Oamaru’s waterfront was child-tested after a brief opening ceremony.

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How to Apply

Annual Report 2016

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