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 

Otago Rural Connecting Coaches Scholarships 

Sport inspires and defines us as New Zealanders, from the heroic performances of our elite athletes to the grass roots achievements of community participants. And at the heart of New Zealand sport are coaches.

Connecting Coaches is an annual conference seeking to lift the capability of coaching right across New Zealand’s sport system. The conference alternates between the South Island (hosted by Otago Academy of Sport) and the North Island (hosted by Sport New Zealand), and shares a common approach to creating a deeper learning environment for coaches that attend.

The Otago Community Trust is offering 25 Scholarships to assist rural Otago coaches attend the 2016 Connecting Coaches Conference in Dunedin.

The scholarships are valued at $200 and will cover the registration cost associated with attending the 2016 Connecting Coaches Conference. Attendance will allow you to meet coaches from a variety of different sports and collaborate on how to be a better coach.

To apply, go directly to the Connecting Coaches website here. For further information, please contact Michael Coutts at the Otago Academy of Sport, ph: +64 3 479 0640, email:


Capability Building

Contestable Capability Building Fund Now Open

The Otago Community Trust contestable capability building fund for the 2016/17 year is now open. This fund is for organisations who are a not for profit community based group supporting community wellbeing initiatives. Closing date is the 20th of October 2016. Announcements will be made after the 13th of December 2016.

For more information, please contact the Otago Community Trust, 0800 10 12 40.

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Past Donations

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Latest News

Central Otago Wilding Conifer's

  • 24-Oct-16
  • Success Stories

Committed volunteers in action! Thanks to Phil Murray from the Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group for sending us some great photos of the volunteer crew ready to start work on drilling and filling several hundred trees, some quite large, on a QEII covenant site above Conroy’s Rd earlier this month.

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Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations

  • 18-Oct-16
  • Success Stories

Oamaru has become increasingly famous for its Victorian Heritage Celebrations, with its annual festival attracting visitors from across New Zealand and overseas. This year’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations are themed on ”Medicine in the Victorian Era”. With the fine work of organisers there will be an array of events which will inspire some great costume ideas to don while you enjoy the celebration of our heritage.

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Annual Report 2016

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