Youth a strong focus in Trust’s first round of funding

  • 06-Mar-19
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust have funded over $700,000 in support of a wide range of community causes in their first funding round for 2019. Youth support and development were a driver in a wide variety of the applications for funding.

Sticks 'n Stones Inc were awarded a $36,000 grant to support the youth led bullying prevention programmes they run across schools.

Karla Sanders Sticks 'n Stones Inc chief executive said that the funding received will go specifically towards the Ambassador Programmes Sticks 'n Stones runs. 

“These Ambassador Programmes provide ongoing support for young people across a year, to recognise, understand and challenge bullying behaviours and shift the norms, attitudes and behaviours in their schools and wider communities” Sanders said.

Representing 15 different schools across Central Otago (Alexandra, Clyde, Omakau, Roxburgh, Cromwell, Hawea and Wanaka) the young ambassadors will be empowered to take the lead in creating positive social change and support their peers through the programmes.

Other organisations benefiting from grants in February included the Short Film Otago who received a $53,000 grant to support their Screenwriting, Short Film Mentoring & Production programme.

Allan Baddock, Chairperson for Short Film Otago said the funding is a major boost to the region's writers and filmmakers, enabling Short Film Otago to continue filling a long-standing gap for the region's aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers. 

The Short Film Otago scheme is exceptional in offering opportunities to writers with no industry experience to break into the industry with the support of volunteer professional mentors. Over the past 12 years hundreds of local writers and aspiring filmmakers have used the SFO scheme to build an entry into the screen industry. 

“The new OCT funding will help us to take the scheme further, connecting with more aspiring filmmakers in regional centres who are so often isolated from opportunities.” 

“We are particularly keen to hear from any schools that would like to bring the SFO initiative to new generations of filmmakers among their students" Baddock said.

Youthline Otago Inc received a $35,000 grant to continue the valuable services they provide to the youth across Otago. Otago Community Trust is pleased to be able to support the continued delivery of this service, said Trust chief executive, Barbara Bridger.

“The funding provided by Otago Community Trust will assist with the cost of delivering the Helpline programme in Otago. This is a confidential and non-judgemental service that is available 24/7”.  

Youth, Health, Wellbeing and Employment is a particularly important strategic priority for the Otago Community Trust and we are pleased to be providing funding support to a wide variety of youth-based programmes as we commence funding in 2019, Bridger said.

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $757,253 to 69 community organisations in February.

 

 

Otago Community Trust Community Grants, February 2019

Alexandra

Alexandra Contract Bridge Club

$15,000

Alexandra

Dunstan Arm Rowing Club Inc

$10,000

Alexandra

Clyde Bowling Club

$10,000

Balclutha

South Otago Agricultural & Pastoral Soc

$1,000

Balclutha

Clutha Valley Recreation Ground Society Incorporated

$15,000

Cromwell

Cromwell Resource Centre Trust

$2,000

Dunedin

Shakti Dunedin

$4,000

Dunedin

Prospect Park Productions NZ

$2,000

Dunedin

Sara Cohen School

$20,000

Dunedin

Flock Charitable Trust

$3,500

Dunedin

Dunedin Returned Services Choir

$2,500

Dunedin

SuperGrans Dunedin Charitable Trust

$2,500

Dunedin

St Hildas Collegiate School

$12,500

Dunedin

Short Film Otago

$53,000

Dunedin

Kingslea School - Puketai

$2,100

Dunedin

University of Otago - Volunteer Centre

$4,247

Dunedin

Talking House Charitable Trust

$3,500

Dunedin

International Festival Environment Science Technology Dun NZ Inc

$10,000

Dunedin

Cancer Society of NZ Otago & Southland

$20,000

Dunedin

Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations Trust

$12,000

Dunedin

Otago Sports Car Club Inc

$15,000

Dunedin

Leith Valley Presbyterian Church

$2,000

Dunedin

St Kilda Brass Band Inc

$8,000

Dunedin

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community Inc

$5,000

Dunedin

Metonymic Trust

$2,000

Dunedin

iD Dunedin Fashion Inc Soc

$15,000

Dunedin

Youthline Otago Inc

$35,000

Dunedin

Straight Up Trust

$20,000

Dunedin

Greater Green Island Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Inc

$5,500

Dunedin

Otago Badminton Assn Inc

$3,000

Dunedin

Kelsey Yaralla Kindergarten

$1,720

Dunedin

Dunedin Community Learning Centre Charitable Trust

$2,000

Dunedin

CCS Disability Action Otago Inc

$10,000

Dunedin

Port Chalmers Rowing Club

$6,500

Dunedin

Grow NZ Inc - Dunedin Grow Centre

$500

Dunedin

Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand

$1,000

Milton

Tokomairiro Early Learning Centre Inc

$30,000

Milton

Waihola Looking Forward Inc

$5,600

Milton

Tuapeka Lawrence Community Company Ltd

$2,000

Mosgiel

Mosgiel Piping and Dancing Society

$500

Mosgiel

Taieri Christian Care Trust

$3,000

Oamaru

Oamaru Multisport Club

$1,100

Oamaru

Residents Association Omarama Inc

$50,000

Oamaru

Waitaki Multicultural Council Inc

$2,000

Oamaru

Citizens Advice Bureau - North Otago

$3,500

Oamaru

Otematata Residents Assoc Inc

$10,000

Otago

Hollyford Conservation Trust

$16,500

Otago

RMH South Island Trust

$3,200

Otago

Young Workers Resource Centre Inc

$2,550

Otago

Arts On Tour NZ

$7,000

Otago

Surf Life Saving New Zealand Inc

$25,000

Otago

Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand

$3,428

Otago

Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust

$10,000

Otago

Sticks 'n Stones Inc

$36,000

Otago

The Parenting Place - Attitude Youth Division

$6,000

Otago

Vintage Car Club of New Zealand Otago Branch Inc

$7,000

Otago

New Zealand Book Council Inc

$4,000

Otago

Age Concern Otago Inc

$20,000

Otago

National Heart Foundation of New Zealand

$1,000

Otago

New Zealand Red Cross Inc

$8,820

Otago

Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ

$8,679

Otago

KidsCan Charitable Trust

$5,000

Otago

TalkLink Trust

$3,309

Otago

The Boys' Brigade in NZ Inc

$4,000

Otago

SPELD NZ

$10,000

Wanaka

NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust

$7,000

Wanaka

Snow Farm NZ Limited

$100,000

Wanaka

Wanaka Primary School

$14,000

Wanaka

Wheels at Wanaka Charitable Trust

$10,000

 

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