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


Central Otago Regional Choir



The Terrace School



Catlins Senior Citizens Club Inc



Catlins Coast Inc



Catlins Historical Society Incorporated



Regent Theatre Trust of Otago



Carisbrook School



Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust



Swimming New Zealand



Santa Parade Trust



Musical Theatre Dunedin Inc



Mornington School



For Trades Apprenticeship Training Trust



Orokonui Ecosanctuary Ltd



Life Education Trust Coastal Otago



Otago Polytechnic - School of Social Services, English Language Centre



The Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival Trust



Macandrew Bay School



Citizens Advice Bureau - Dunedin



ChatBus Trust



Community Arts and Circus Trust New Zealand



Dunedin Theatre Reviewers Collective



The Waitati Music Festival Inc



Dunedin Choral Society



Te Roopu Tautoko Ki Te Tonga Inc



Aphasia New Zealand (AphasiaNZ) Charitable Trust



Dunedin Wildlife Trust



Kaikorai Kindergarten



Burkes St Leonards Boating Club Inc



Lawrence Gymkhana Club



Lawrence Community Toy Library



Mosgiel Brass Band Inc



Oamaru Combined Churches Christmas Parcels Trust



Waitaki Summer Music Camp



CCS Disability Action Waitaki Inc



Otago Chamber of Commerce



Dunedin Orienteering Club Inc



New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups Incorporated



Otago Outdoor Education Trust



Alpine Community Development Trust



QLDC - New Year's Eve Celebration





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