COVID-19 Response


New COVID-19 Response 

16 November 2021

Otago Community Trust firmly believes that getting vaccinated is still the most important thing we can do to keep our community and whānau safe. 
All Otago Community Trust staff and trustees are fully vaccinated and we are committed to doing our part in keeping everyone safe from COVID-19.

In this regard, effective December 1, we are implementing a new COVID-19 response position which means Otago Community Trust staff will only connect in person with people who are fully vaccinated.

Therefore, if you want to meet with us either at our place or yours then we will require you to be fully vaccinated. 

If you are unable to meet these requirements then you may still continue to connect with us via telephone, email or on Zoom. 

This is an evolving situation, and please be assured that we will continue to review our policy to ensure it remains relevant and aligned to best practise. 

Level 2 - What you can expect from us:

Below is an outline of how Otago Community Trust will respond under Alert Level 2. 

  • OPEN FOR FUNDING - At every Covid-19 Alert Level our portal will remain OPEN for funding.
  • Otago Community Trust office is open for staff only
  • External visitors to office are permitted by appointment only, visitors must wear masks, from 1 December 2021 visitors must be fully vaccinated
  • Contact tracing required when entering office and proof of vaccination is to be provided via “My Vaccine Pass” or a Vaccination Certificate.
  • Staff available for external meetings where social distancing rules can be adhered to and from 1 December 2021 full vaccination status is confirmed
  • External community engagement face to face continues where social distancing rules can be adhered to and from 1 December 2021 full vaccination status is confirmed
  • Meeting via the phone or video conference is encouraged

Covid-19 Impacts - Answering Initial Question's

What should we do if we have changes to approved grants?

We understand that the developing situation may affect some organisations ability to deliver some or all of the outcomes  intended when you applied for funding.

If you have been approved a grant from us, we recognise your organisation may have incurred costs for programmes and events which are unable to go ahead.

We also recognise some projects, programmes or events may be postponed or delayed.

Please let us know if your organisation is having to make changes to planned activities due to COVID-19. 

What should we do if our organisation now can't deliver our project, programmes, or event?

We know that at this point in time things can be up in the air and that some organisations will be able to move their services and programmes online, and others will need to postpone or cancel events or programmes. 

Don't hesitate to get in touch if this is the case. 

Future Updates 

We will advise of any changes or new information relating to our funding as it comes to hand. 

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