Community Donations


Our Funding Sectors

The Otago Community Trust provides community groups with donations, both small and large, covering a wide range of projects and activities in the areas of:

  • Arts & Culture;
  • Community Activity & Wellbeing;
  • Sport & Recreation;
  • Environment & Heritage; and
  • Learning.


Arts and Culture 

The Art & Culture sector provides opportunities to put Otago on the world stage and bring the world to our doorstep through performances and exhibitions. The Otago Community Trust recognises the Otago region as an important incubator for talent with opportunities for artists to participate in and produce many different art forms.    

Art & Culture Sector Priorities

The Trust support projects that:

  • Build the skills and abilities of our local creative community; 
  • Provide the Otago public access to enjoyable interesting, unique artistic and cultural experiences; and
  • Encourage the wider Otago community to contribute & participate in the Arts.

Examples of projects that the Trust will fund include but are not limited to the below:

  • Development of performance spaces;
  • Theatrical performances;
  • Exhibitions;
  • Equipment;
  • Event costs;
  • Training and workshops.


Community Activity

The Otago Community Trust supports groups that encourage strong community networks and participation through activities. The Trust recognises the importance of facilities that are community hubs and promote opportunities for the enjoyment of all. 

Community Activity Sector Priorities

  • Multi-use and well maintained facilities, particularly in rural areas that are used extensively and add to the heart of the community;
  • Recreation and activity groups which are volunteer based and offer low cost activity programmes that build personal strengths, skills and resilience for all members of the community;
  • Events and festivals that are community run and celebrate the strengths and attractions of a town or region.

Examples of projects that the Trust will fund include but are not limited to the below:

  • Refurbishment and modernisation of community facilities - halls, pools, community centres, churches and marae's.
  • Activity groups which may include scouts, guides &  other adventure groups;
  • Equipment;
  • Local community events, hui & meetings;
  • Training and workshops;
  • Publications of importance to Otago.


Community Wellbeing

The Otago Community Trust recognises the importance of supporting community based not for profit organisations to be resilient and empowered to realise their goals. The Trust provides donations to organisations that deliver vital support to people when they are often at their most vulnerable.

Community Wellbeing Sector Priorities

  • Programmes which target communities with specific challenges including people with disabilities, low income, health issues and those living in rural and remote communities.

Examples of projects that the Trust will fund include but are not limited to the below:

  • Support for health promotion & prevention programmes including meetings and pamphlets;
  • Community development projects including newsletters & meeting expenses;
  • Rescue equipment;
  • Volunteer support & co-ordination;
  • Educational programmes & resources;
  • Training, workshops and equipment.


Sport and Recreation

The Otago Community Trust recognises that being involved in physical activity and sport and recreation groups has many benefits including maintaining good health as well as building strong bonds across our community. The Otago Community Trust supports community access to and participation in safe, well managed sport and recreation opportunities.  The Trust’s goal is for people of all ages to have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation while improving their health.

Sport and Recreation Priorities

  • Supporting the development of high quality multi–use facilities that provide opportunities to the whole community with the potential to support economic development in the region;
  • Supporting projects that promote community access to high quality recreational opportunities and initiatives that encourage safety in recreation activities.
  • Recognising and valuing the contribution of volunteers including coaches, referees and administrators.  Support of volunteers is a priority to help ensure clubs and regional sport organisations have strong governance and management processes;

Examples of projects that the Trust will fund include but are not limited to the below:

  • Equipment and resources;
  • Development and upgrade of multi-use facilities, including club houses which are open to the public;
  • Volunteer support or local facility hire and use.



The Otago Community Trust supports the protection and conservation of Otago's unique environment, including flora, fauna and areas of indigenous biodiversity. A healthy ans sustainable local environment will have positive affects for the community today as well as for future generations.    

Environment Sector Priorities

Projects that:

  • Protect, enhance and preserve Otago’s unique biodiversity.

These should be evidence based and:

  • Protect & preserve habitats & species through the use of measures in line with national & regional policy and legislation and/or;
  • Support community education and engagement in environmental issues and/or;
  • Provide responsible public access to the environment supported by plans for maintenance and long term management.  The Trust has a particular interest in tracks and trails that support the National Cycle Trail Project.

Examples of projects that the Trust will fund include but are not limited to the below:

  • Reintroduction of native flora and fauna;
  • Conservation of critical habitats and ecosystems;
  • Protectation of rare, endangered or threatened species in their natural habitat;
  • Increasing local sustainability through for example reducing energy usage or development of community gardens;
  • Education programmes and / or resources.



The Otago Community Trust believes the preservation and conservation of Otago’s unique heritage has multiple benefits for our community.  Our diverse heritage should be celebrated and protected for future generations. Our Heritage is valuable and we recognise the immense contribution volunteers make to its preservation and conservation.

The Trust supports community based organisations involved with the preservation, restoration, conservation and celebration of items and places valued by communities in Otago.

Heritage Priorities

  • Celebrate and protect Otago’s unique physical and cultural heritage for the enjoyment and education of today’s and future generations;
  • Projects that are well supported by their communities, promote public access and be underpinned by good planning;
  • Adaptive re-use of unique and listed heritage buildings.

Examples of projects that the Trust will fund include but are not limited to the below:

  • Public buildings, structure or places;
  • Important cultural monuments;
  • Natural heritage areas;
  • Exceptional purchases for collections that are of high relevance and value to the region;
  • Unique exhibitions about Otago’s heritage;
  • Enhancement of facilities which house collections, for example environmental control, archive and storage areas;
  • Increase awareness and appreciation of Maori heritage places and their value to Maori and NZ;
  • Researching and recording oral and published histories in regards to district development, cultural and ethnic groups, aspects of provincial life and biographies of major figures;



The Otago Community Trust recognises the significant contribution that access to learning makes to creating opportunities and choice for all in our community. The Trust supports educational and community organisations to provide initiatives which help improve the learning experiences and educational outcomes of children, young people and adults in our community.

Learning Priorities

  • Projects that reduce barriers to educations engagement and achievement;
  • Collaborative and innovative initiatives that enhance learning opportunities;
  • Community and learning provider partnerships;
  • Resources and equipment that are not funded by Government agencies.

Examples of projects that the Trust will fund include but are not limited to the below:

  • To assist with equipment & facilities at schools primarily in connection with ICT in the classroom, sports equipment & facilities or fit out of buildings which have a significant community use;
  • To contribute to the cost of school camps and / or activity programmes
  • To contribute towards industry training programmes which provide training and support in trade employment for at risk youth;
  • To assist selected projects or programmes which provide a significant community benefit in education or medical research or economic development