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.


Empowering Otago Communities 

National Rural Health Conference 2017 - Scholarships
The Otago Community Trust is delighted to confirm that it will be supporting up to ten people from rural Otago to attend the 2017 National Rural Health Conference in Wellington (March 30 - April 2) with a scholarship fund of $10,000. The scholarship will be $1,000 per person to be used towards the registration fee, flights and / or accomodation. The people applying should be nurses, midwives, allied health workers, practice managers, senior administration staff from rural hospitals and rural GP practices. 

If you are interested in registering for the conference, Otago Community Trust scholarship application forms are available HERE. Otago Community Trust scholarship application forms must be submitted to to Charlotte Sloane, Conference Innovators, PO Box 7191, Sydenham, Christchurch or by email to Applications will be reviewed on a first in, first served basis, no later than Wednesday 22 February, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in writing or by email, no later than 5pm, Friday 24 February 2017.


From the Trust

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Past Donations

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

Latest News

Trust provides $1.7M pre-Christmas boost to community groups

  • 06-Dec-16
  • Media Release

Community groups across Otago have received a boost of more than $1.7 million thanks to Otago Community Trust. Moana House, a residential therapeutic community house that supports men with alcohol and drug problems, was the major beneficiary of the trust’s November funding round. The trust approved a $400,000 donation to help extend Moana House’s facilities.

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Wanaka Search & Rescue – Sub Alpine Training Day.

  • 23-Nov-16
  • Funding Stories

Wanaka Search and Rescue Sub Alpine training day at Cattle Flat, Mt Aspiring National Park provided an opportunity to look at core skills and competencies around helicopter operations, first aid, stretcher carrying and patient handling in and around low angle terrain, river crossing and awareness and navigation.

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How to Apply

Annual Report 2016

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