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

Dunedin

Catholic Social Services

$40,000

 

Presbyterian Support Otago

$75,000

 

Stopping Violence Dunedin Inc

$45,000

 

Methodist Mission Southern

$75,000

 

Aroha Ki Te Tamariki

$55,000

 

Malcam Charitable Trust

$75,000

 

Able - Southern Families Support

$50,000

 

Anglican Family Care

$75,000

 

Otago Youth Wellness Trust

$75,000

Otago

Salvation Army New Zealand Trust

$35,000

Total

 

$600,000

 

Otago Community Trust General Community Grants, May 2018

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Omakau & Districts Playcentre (Otago Playcentre Association)

$17,662

 

Omakau - Earnscleugh Collie Club

$13,000

 

Clyde Tennis Club Inc

$40,000

 

Central Otago Compassionate Friends

$1,500

 

Central Otago Friendship Network

$2,000

 

The Good Life Charitable Trust

$3,200

Balclutha

Catlins Promotions

$4,000

Cromwell

Cromwell Youth Trust

$5,000

Dunedin

Malcam Charitable Trust

$15,000

 

Dunedin Tamil Society Inc

$10,000

 

The Dunedin Lodge of the Theosophical Society Inc

$1,200

 

Pirates Squash Rackets Club Inc

$2,117

 

University of Otago -  Music, Theatre & Performing Arts Dept

$450,000

 

Belleknowes Golf Club

$2,000

 

Grants Braes School

$17,500

 

Purakaunui Block Inc

$7,300

 

NZ Salmon Anglers Assn Otago Branch

$5,000

 

Northern Association Football Club Inc

$955

 

University of Otago - Business School

$10,000

 

Dunedin City Council - Art Gallery

$34,300

 

Amputee Society of Otago & Southland Inc

$2,000

Milton

Tuapeka Vintage Club Inc

$24,000

Mosgiel

Taieri Community Facilities Trust

$1,500,000

Oamaru

Filipino Waitaki Incorporated

$4,000

 

North Otago Scout Zone

$1,500

 

Hampden Presbyterian Church & Community Church Committee

$2,000

Otago

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ

$1,117

 

UpsideDowns Education Trust

$5,000

 

Outward Bound

$120,000

Wanaka

Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust

$400,000

 

Winter Games NZ Trust

$50,000

 

The Showgrounds Community Sports Centre Trust

$120,000

Total

 

$2,871,351

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