News & Media

Grant secured for Roys Peak communication facility

  • 09-Apr-18
  • Media Release

The Otago Community Trust was pleased to provide a $66,500 grant to the Upper Clutha Radio Telephone Users Association (UCRTUA) in its first donation round for 2018. The Wanaka community group has been seeking funding to upgrade the communications facility on Roys Peak.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Funding Portal Now Closed

  • 18-Mar-18
  • Announcements

Our application portal is now closed and will remain closed until the 30th of April 2018 to ensure a smooth transition as we move to our new on-line system.

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Research base at Long Point a step closer with $50,000 grant

  • 28-Feb-18
  • Funding Stories

The Otago Community Trust was pleased to award a $50,000 grant to the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust in November last year, to help establish a yellow-eyed penguin field research base at Long Point in the Catlins. The yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho is a penguin native to New Zealand. However, this native species is the world's most endangered penguin. Some researchers fear that the hoiho could be marching towards extinction by 2060.

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Life Education - Learning with Harold the Giraffe 

  • 28-Feb-18
  • Funding Stories

Life Education is a charity that educates and empowers children to make healthy choices so they can live full and healthy lives. Our Communications & Marketing Coordinator was luckily enough to have a sneak peek into the Coastal Otago Life Education mobile classroom last month during its visit to Maori Hill School in Dunedin and viewed first hand their amazing new 3G screen in their mobile classroom.

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Wharekai Re-development - Te Runanga o Moeraki

  • 20-Dec-17
  • Funding Stories

The Otago Community Trust was pleased to provide a $50,000 donation to Te Runanga o Moeraki in November of last year. Kaihautu Mary-Anne Tipa sent these wonderful photos in recently of the finished facilities.

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$125,000 for First Church Spire Restoration

  • 14-Dec-17
  • News Media Release

The First Church has received a funding boost of $125,000 from the Otago Community Trust. The donation will assist with the major restoration project currently being undertaken on the church spire. First Church announced last week that it would start a public appeal to fund the $600,000 refurbishment of the towering 56.4m spire after much more restoration work was found to be required due to the Church’s Category 1 Heritage New Zealand classification.

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Trust provides $2.6M pre-Christmas boost to Otago community groups

  • 08-Dec-17
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust has wrapped up its funding for 2017 with over $2.6 million in donations approved for Otago community groups.

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Cavalcade to Owaka 2018 - New & Exciting Cycle Trail on Offer

  • 01-Dec-17
  • Funding Stories

The 2018 Goldfields Cavalcade promises something new next year with the addition of the Kaitangata Cranksters cycle trail – this will be an amazing ride for keen mountain bikers.

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Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre

  • 28-Nov-17
  • Funding Stories

The Otago Community Trust supported the $2.5 million redevelopment of Otago Museum’s former Discovery World via a $500,000 donation.

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Funding boost for Hawea Flat Link Track

  • 01-Nov-17
  • News Media Release

The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (UCTT) has received a funding boost from the latest round of donations from the Otago Community Trust. A $30,000 donation was awarded to the UCTT to support the development of the Hawea Flat Link Track. UCTT treasurer John Wellington said it has long been the desire of the Hawea Flat Community to be able to get to Albert Town more directly along the route of the closed Newcastle Road.

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