COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

Last Updated: Wednesday 8 September 2021

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 means our office is open for staff only. We are available for external meetings where social distancing rules can be adhered to.


Message from the Chief Executive

We share the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing related to the Delta cluster. It is during this time that we need to support our community, our whānau and our friends and loved ones.

Our team are now back working in the Otago Community Trust office and are available for external meetings where social distancing rules can be adhered to. We continue to deal with your grant requests and remain available to answer all funding questions. External visitors to the office are permitted by appointment only.

Should your organisation have any pressing questions or concerns regarding a grant we encourage you to connect with us via the following means initially:

    - by email 

    - by specific staff emails or DDI's

    - by phone 0800 10 12 40  

Barbara Bridger
Chief Executive


Level 2 - What you can expect from us:

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

  • OPEN FOR FUNDING - At every Covid-19 Alert Level our portal will remain OPEN for funding.
  • Otago Community Trust office open for staff only
  • External visitors to office are permitted by appointment only
  • Contact tracing required when entering office
  • Staff available for external meetings where social distancing rules can be adhered to
  • External community engagement face to face continues where social distancing rules can be adhered to
  • Meeting via the phone or video conference encouraged
  • Funding clinics continue where social distancing rules can be adhered to


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. 

Key Contacts

Chief Executive - Barbara Bridger
M: 0274 512 887

Grants Manager - Sue Stewart
M: 027 201 8610


Future Updates 

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

Remember, the New Zealand Government posts all information for the public on 

Remind yourself of the alert level system, remember there is a press session daily from the Government and the Ministry of Health which updates on the status and alert level for COVID-19 in New Zealand.


Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui

Be strong, be brave, be steadfast

Otago Community Trust