Demand for Funding Remains High as Trust approves over $3.4M

  • 01-Jun-18
  • Media Release

Otago Community Trust approved a total of just over $3.4 million dollars in its May funding round to support a wide and varied number of initiatives across Otago.

In what was one of the largest funding rounds of recent times, the Trust announces today that it not only approved significant capital grants towards the Taieri Community Facilities Trust Mosgiel Pool project ($1,500,000) and the Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust ($400,000), but it also approved a $450,000 grant to the University of Otago -  Music, Theatre & Performing Arts Department and it significantly increased its funding levels to Otago social service agencies by close to 50%.

“Last year the trust approved $405,000 in our social services funding round, this year we have increased that to $600,000”, said Ms Bridger

We see the social service agencies as a key contributor to our region, not only providing essential services for our community but also employing more than 200 people and spending an estimated $15m across the region.

“What the trust consistently hears from our applicants is that they are encountering clients with more complex needs, requiring more comprehensive responses and unfortunately many service providers are struggling financially with the increased demand for these type of services”, Ms Bridger explains.

Ms Bridger also notes that going forward, as part of the Trust’s five-year strategic plan we are looking closely at opportunities to provide partnership grants that offer multiyear funding.

“Trustees believe that one of the ways we can make a real difference is by moving towards a long-term funding approach for those organisations that are well established service providers and are consistently able to demonstrate that they have: best practice delivery; robust governance and leadership, alongside sound financial management”.

Ms Bridger says taking a long-term funding approach gives certainty for providers and offers significant benefit in terms of being able to employ and retain skilled staff and focus on service delivery to those that need it most.

With respect to the grant to the University of Otago - Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts, the $450,000 will contribute directly to the purchase of equipment to be used in the recording studio and performing spaces in the new Music Department facility.

The new recording and performance spaces will be open to community groups, explains Bridger.  The Trust is supportive of these wider community groups having access to this new equipment and is pleased to be assisting the University of Otago with this project.


Otago Community Trust Social Service Grants, May 2018


Catholic Social Services



Presbyterian Support Otago



Stopping Violence Dunedin Inc



Methodist Mission Southern



Aroha Ki Te Tamariki



Malcam Charitable Trust



Able - Southern Families Support



Anglican Family Care



Otago Youth Wellness Trust



Salvation Army New Zealand Trust






Otago Community Trust General Community Grants, May 2018


Omakau & Districts Playcentre (Otago Playcentre Association)



Omakau - Earnscleugh Collie Club



Clyde Tennis Club Inc



Central Otago Compassionate Friends



Central Otago Friendship Network



The Good Life Charitable Trust



Catlins Promotions



Cromwell Youth Trust



Malcam Charitable Trust



Dunedin Tamil Society Inc



The Dunedin Lodge of the Theosophical Society Inc



Pirates Squash Rackets Club Inc



University of Otago -  Music, Theatre & Performing Arts Dept



Belleknowes Golf Club



Grants Braes School



Purakaunui Block Inc



NZ Salmon Anglers Assn Otago Branch



Northern Association Football Club Inc



University of Otago - Business School



Dunedin City Council - Art Gallery



Amputee Society of Otago & Southland Inc



Tuapeka Vintage Club Inc



Taieri Community Facilities Trust



Filipino Waitaki Incorporated



North Otago Scout Zone



Hampden Presbyterian Church & Community Church Committee



Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ



UpsideDowns Education Trust



Outward Bound



Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust



Winter Games NZ Trust



The Showgrounds Community Sports Centre Trust






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