Regional Sports Grants Announced

  • 25-Jun-18
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust approved over $960,000 to Otago regional sporting bodies at its recent board meeting held in Balclutha last Tuesday.

Trust chief executive Ms Barbara Bridger explains that the trust offers annual sports development funding to regional sporting bodies who are seeking to introduce and / or maintain programmes which encourage participation and development of their sport regionally.

Regional sport is the trust’s largest funding sector, making up around ten percent of its annual budget and this excludes any large-scale capital projects the trust also contributes to such as turfs or dual-purpose pitches.

This year across all 36 regional sporting bodies close to $1.2million was requested and the Trust was able to approve $ 969,750, said Ms Bridger. 

“The figure approved was overall very consistent with last year. Trustees evaluate funding levels based across the different bodies based on participation rates, community engagement and the overall strategic direction of the sporting code” Bridger explains.

Chair Ross McRobie highlights that the Trust sees a great opportunity for sport to provide a positive outlet for people in the Otago community, whether playing or socialising. It is an easy way for everyone in the community to come together.

“Sport is highly valued in New Zealand as a past-time and involvement promotes a raft of not only physical but social and emotional benefits” he said.  

A small number of community grants were also approved in the June meeting.  Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust the largest beneficiary, receiving a $65,000 grant to assist with the installation of a goods lift into the Loan & Mercantile building at 14 Harbour St, Oamaru.

Otakou Health Services Ltd was approved a $18,723 grant to assist with the cost of purchasing additional medical equipment and computers and Otago Potters Group Incorporated received a $7,182 grant to support with the upgrading of their kiln firing area.

In total Otago Community Trust approved a total of $1,077,155 to 41 applicants in June.


Otago Community Trust Regional Sports Grants, June 2018

Regional Sports

Athletics Otago Inc



Surf Life Saving New Zealand Inc



Netball South Zone Inc



Basketball Otago Inc



Otago Rugby League Inc



Otago Touch Assn Inc



Otago Table Tennis Assn Inc



Swimming Otago



Otago Rugby Football Union Inc



North Otago Rugby Football Union Inc



Otago Cricket Assn Inc



Tennis Otago Incorporated



Cycling Otago



Gymnastics New Zealand (formerly GymSports NZ)



NZ Curling Assn Inc



Snow Sports NZ Inc



Volleyball Otago



Parafed Otago



Otago Rowing Assn Inc



Otago Academy of Sport



Sport Otago - Development in Central Otago



Sport Central



Sport Clutha



Sport Otago - Fundamental Skills



Sport Otago - Sport Management



Sport Waitaki



Sport Otago - Golf Development



Football South



Otago Badminton Assn Inc



Otago Hockey Assn (1990) Inc



Squash Otago Inc



Mainland South BMX Assn Inc



Dunedin Ice Skating Club Inc



Sport Otago - Sport Development



Central Otago Hockey Assn



Otago Secondary Schools Sports Assn




Otago Community Trust General Community Grants, June 2018


Cargills Castle Trust



Otakou Health Services Ltd



Otago Potters Group Incorporated



The Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board



Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust





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