Our Strategic Priorities


In 2013 the Otago Community Trust Board agreed to commit a percentage of the Trust’s annual grants budget to pro-actively support initiatives that will make a significant difference to the wellbeing of the Otago community.

The Trust has outlined that the Funding for Change Priorities for 2018-19 are as follows:

Warm Homes 

Since 2013, the Otago Community Trust has worked with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to help fund free insulation into qualifying households.

To date our investment into Warm Homes for Otago has exceeded $2 million. The project has attracted over $5 million into the Otago region from all funders involved in OCT’s Warm Home programmes.

Working with local insulation companies Smart Energy Solutions and Technobond, over 2,500 houses in Dunedin and across Otago have been insulated to date. Our commitment to Warm Homes will not change in 2018/19, however new funding criteria have come into effect as a result of the 2018 Labour Government Budget. 

Youth, Health, Wellbeing & Employment

In particular focusing on initiatives in the Education, Employment and Training space. Youth, Health and Wellbeing is a particularly important Funding for Change priority for the Otago Community Trust.

Investment in this area literally has the ability to change the lives of our young people. Under this Funding for Change priority the Otago Community Trust focuses support on initiatives in Education, Employment and Training.

For the year ending 31 March we have funded a number of initiatives in the Education, Employment and Training space. We are particularly proud to see our investment in Outward Bound scholarships to Otago secondary school students reach over $1 million.

Regionally Significant Cycle Ways

The Otago Community Trust has supported the region’s cycle ways for many years in recognition that the cycle ways provide employment opportunities and economic benefits to the local communities they serve.

The Trust has supported the Central Otago Rail Trail and more recently the Alps to Ocean Rail Trail with significant grants to ensure trail maintenance is maintained and off road trail sections can be completed.

In October 2018 the Otago Community Trust was delighted to announce it would invest $1.8 million along with the New Zealand Government ($13m) and the Central Lakes Trust ($11.5m) to create a 536km continuous cycle trail to connect Central Otago’s trail network.

Soil was turned in Cromwell in early June to mark the start of work on the $6.6 million Lake Dunstan Trail – the first of 170 kilometres of new cycle trails to be developed by the Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network.Read News article HERE