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Otago Community Trust

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 

OCT Learning Impact Fund gathering momentum - first Innovation Fund awarded.

The Otago Community Trust Learning Impact Fund starts to gather momentum. The Trust launched its new Learning Impact Fund on 1 April 2017 with the aim to encourage new thinking and collaboration. 

The Fund has been delivered in two tranches, the $1.5million $for$ fund and a separate Innovation Fund.  Each fund has been set up as a three-year programme to help assist projects which support the education of Otago’s young people.

Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said since its inception in April the Trust has received five expressions of interest with respect to the Innovation Fund.

“Two were returned as they did not fit the criteria of the fund, two are at present under review and we are delighted to announce that earlier in the week Trustees approved a $310,000 donation to support the Dunedin based Hills Cluster Project based learning initiative” Bridger announced. 

Simon Clarke Principal from Kaikorai Primary School said, “the ethos of the Hills Cluster project is to equip students with future focused skills and attitudes so that they may be successful lifelong learners.” For Full Media Release - Click HERE



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Past Donations

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Latest News

Funding Boost for Green Island Community

  • 03-Oct-17
  • News Media Release

The Greater Green Island Community has received a significant boost from the latest round of donations from the Otago Community Trust. The Greater Green Island Community Network Charitable Trust was awarded a $10,000 donation to assist with various community projects in the Green Island area, including the printing and distribution of a community focused monthly newsletter, purchase fruit trees for the community garden and holding various community events throughout the year.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: OCT Donations System Change

  • 02-Oct-17
  • Announcements

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. Please feel free to contact us should you wish to discuss how this change is likely to affect your organisation – 0800 10 12 40

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