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 

Leadership for a Sustainable Future

"Leadership for a Sustainable Future" was the focus of the Untouched World Charitable Trust’s (UWCT) Waterwise Central Otago programme for 2015. The Otago Community Trust was pleased to help fund the Waterwise programme for the first time last year.

The Waterwise Central Otago programme is a seven day intensive Leadership programme based near Cromwell. Twenty high school students from throughout Otago attended the programme. These young students develop a better understanding of four primary issues pertaining to the most critical of resources – water; its use, availability, quality and the economics pertaining to its sustainability.

We are delighted to hear that Otago Boys High’s Sam Kilsby recently won the inaugural $1500 National Award as a seed-fund to further his ‘Project U’ idea. Sam’s project hope’s to create a programme, which will inspire boys at Otago Boys High School to become passionate about protecting the environment, through investment in sustainable energy infrastructure at the OBHS Lodge at Mt Aspiring and making the lodge more accessible to students. Well Done Sam!

Otago Community Trust will once again provide funding support to the UWCT Waterwise Central Otago programme in 2016, which will commence in mid-December.


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Past Donations

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Latest News

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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Courageous and Free

  • 16-Nov-16
  • Funding Stories

'Courageous and Free' was officially launched at the Wanaka Public Library on Armistice Day, November 11. Five dedicated Otago authors have spent two years painstakingly collecting stories about Upper Clutha soldiers and nurses who died during World War 1 service.

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Annual Report 2016

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