Rural communities welcome funding support

  • 06-Dec-18
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust have funded over $600,000 in support of a wide range of community causes in their final funding round for 2018. Capital projects were a driver in several of the applications for funding.

The Catlins Historical Society were awarded a $65,000 grant to support their new storage building project at the Owaka Museum. This project will allow the museum to establish a building that is fit for the purpose of caring for and preserving the natural, cultural, and intangible heritage of the Catlins area.

Spokesperson for the Catlins Historical Society Mike McPhee said the proposed new augmented storage building will mean that the museum will be able to receive object donations again.

It is important that the community can rely on the museum as an institution capable of better care and preservation of local heritage.

“The lack of storage currently has meant the museum have sought help of other community groups to house part of the collection and have even had to decline donations of new objects,” McPhee said.

Otago Community Trust Chair Ross McRobie said trustees were impressed with the people-centred approach the museum takes to its preservation. 

“There is strong community wide involvement, we can see that the people of the Catlins believe in the value of preserving their past to foster a vibrant and sustainable community.”

The Trust was one of the major funders of the new Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre in the mid 2000’s, so we are delighted to be once again supporting the growth of the facility for the people of South Otago, McRobie said.

The Lawrence Gymkhana Club’s plan to build a new ablution block at the Gymkhana Grounds to replace the old, sub-standard facilities also received a boost with the approval of a $50,000 grant.

Club Secretary, Helen Gibbs said the facility was in dire need of an upgrade. The facility had been in use since the mid 1980’s and is frequently the focus of negative feedback after events held at the grounds. 

“We are just so pleased to now be in a position to advance the rebuild,” Gibbs said

Other capital grants included $30,000 to the Regent Theatre Trust to assist with the reconfiguration and refurbishment of the Clarkson Room; $20,000 to the Mornington School to assist with the purchase and installation of new Astro Turf and a $10,000 grant was awarded to Orokonui Ecosanctuary for the purchase and installation of a 40-foot modified container which will be used as volunteer quarters on site.

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $662,562 to 50 community organisations in November.

 

Otago Community Trust Donations, November 2018

Alexandra

Central Otago Regional Choir

$5,000

 

The Terrace School

$2,880

Balclutha

Catlins Senior Citizens Club Inc

$1,000

 

Catlins Coast Inc

$4,162

 

Catlins Historical Society Incorporated

$65,000

Dunedin

Regent Theatre Trust of Otago

$30,000

 

Carisbrook School

$78,000

 

Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust

$60,000

 

Swimming New Zealand

$12,800

 

Santa Parade Trust

$15,000

 

Musical Theatre Dunedin Inc

$40,000

 

Mornington School

$20,000

 

For Trades Apprenticeship Training Trust

$25,300

 

Orokonui Ecosanctuary Ltd

$10,000

 

Life Education Trust Coastal Otago

$10,400

 

Otago Polytechnic - School of Social Services, English Language Centre

$15,000

 

The Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival Trust

$20,000

 

Macandrew Bay School

$15,000

 

Citizens Advice Bureau - Dunedin

$10,000

 

ChatBus Trust

$5,000

 

Community Arts and Circus Trust New Zealand

$5,000

 

Dunedin Theatre Reviewers Collective

$1,000

 

The Waitati Music Festival Inc

$5,500

 

Dunedin Choral Society

$5,840

 

Te Roopu Tautoko Ki Te Tonga Inc

$7,500

 

Aphasia New Zealand (AphasiaNZ) Charitable Trust

$2,000

 

Dunedin Wildlife Trust

$10,000

 

Kaikorai Kindergarten

$1,000

 

Burkes St Leonards Boating Club Inc

$1,500

Milton

Lawrence Gymkhana Club

$50,000

 

Lawrence Community Toy Library

$1,000

Mosgiel

Mosgiel Brass Band Inc

$1,500

Oamaru

Oamaru Combined Churches Christmas Parcels Trust

$2,000

 

Waitaki Summer Music Camp

$2,500

 

CCS Disability Action Waitaki Inc

$6,000

Otago

Otago Chamber of Commerce

$40,000

 

Dunedin Orienteering Club Inc

$10,000

 

New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups Incorporated

$1,000

 

Otago Outdoor Education Trust

$7,000

Wanaka

Alpine Community Development Trust

$20,000

 

QLDC - New Year's Eve Celebration

$5,000

 


 

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