$1.1M granted in Trust’s final round for 2020

  • 14-Dec-20
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust have funded over $1.1M in support of a diverse range of community causes in what was the Trusts final funding round for 2020.

Diccon Sim, Otago Community Trust chair said the December funding round supported nearly 70 community organisations from Tahakopa in the south to Otematata in the north of Otago.

“In terms of the number of community organisations funded, this is the largest funding round the Trust has had for quite some time.”

“Our consistent message throughout 2020 has been that the Trust has a good level of accumulated-income reserves in place to support Otago. As trustees our responsibility is to wisely manage our investment portfolio thereby ensuring our general community-based granting can continue to support the needs and aspirations of the region.”

It is encouraging to see so many community groups regather from the disruption of Covid-19 and begin planning and accessing funding for a variety of projects, programmes, and events in 2021, Sim said.

School capital projects were a driver in several of the applications for funding in December.

Otago Community Trust chief executive, Barbara Bridger said that in December 2019 the government announced a School Investment Package designed to provide one off funding to most state schools to accelerate upgrade work. Schools have been directed to focus on projects that can be delivered by December 2021.

 “As a consequence of this our December funding round had a number of applications from schools to support some very significant and large-scale projects to be completed over the next 12 months,” Bridger said.

Taieri College was awarded a grant totalling $250,000 to support the replacement of their artificial turf. Tahuna Normal Intermediate School also secured a $142,000 grant to assist with the cost of installing a covered multi-sport turf and upgrade the school’s current courts. 

Taieri College principal David Hunter said the funding from the government alongside securing the large grant from Otago Community Trust has put the school years ahead of where it would have been in terms of fundraising for the replacement turf.

“We were just over the moon to hear the news. Our turf area has deteriorated significantly over the last few years and this grant now means we can “press go” with the replacement project in 2021. It is great news for not only the school but the wider Taieri community who regularly use this facility.”

Additional grants included the Connections Education and Development Trust who received a $14,500 grant to embark on an exciting new project to support disabled people to create their own learning tool around disability rights.  In collaboration with Dunedin Friend-link which supports disabled people in the community, artists will be working together to create a fantasy, task-based computer game based on the UN convention on rights for disabled people to educate both disabled people and the wider general community about disability rights.

Middlemarch Swimming Club Soc Inc were awarded a $10,000 grant to assist with the cost of heating the Middlemarch Swimming Pool and Bike Wanaka Inc also received $10,000 grant to support the development of the Kirimoko community bike park adjacent to Sticky Forest in Wanaka.

A total of $1,184,747 to 69 organisations was approved in December 2020.


Otago Community Trust Grants, December 2020


Sticks 'n Stones Inc



Alexandra Primary School Charitable Trust (COEC Ltd)



Central Otago Ecological Trust



Dunstan Arm Rowing Club Inc



Alexandra Petanque Club Inc



Central Otago Victim Support Local Group Committee



Kaitangata Primary School



Blessed Box Charitable Trust



Our Hut Heritage Hub



Cromwell Youth Trust



Dunedin Senior Chinese Assn



Brighton Gala Day



Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra Inc



Cancer Society of NZ Otago & Southland



Swimming New Zealand



Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust



Servants Health Centre Trust



Dunedin Symphony Orchestra



Ravensbourne Primary School



Saddleview Pony Club



Columba College



Dunedin Youth Orchestra Inc



International Festival Environment Science Technology Dun NZ Inc



St Kilda Brass Band Inc



Otago Polytechnic - College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing, English Language Centre



The Connections Education and Development Trust



Saddle Hill Foundation Trust



St Brigids School



Tahuna Normal Intermediate School



South Dunedin Community Network Inc



Royal NZ Pipe Band Assn - Otago Centre



CCS Disability Action Otago Inc



Punga Croquet Club Inc



Toko Golf Club



Taieri College



Middlemarch Swimming Club Soc Inc



North Otago Sports Bodies Association Incorporated



Janet Frame Eden Street Trust



CCS Disability Action Waitaki Inc



Harbour Street Jazz Incorporated



St Kevins College



Otematata Residents Assoc Inc



'Our Hub' Oamaru Creative Arts Space



Cycling Waitaki Inc



Royal New Zealand Ballet



Blue Light Ventures Incorporated



Skeggs Foundation



Otago Chamber of Commerce



Kiwi Family Trust



New Edinburgh Folk Club Inc



Crohn's & Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust



Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand



St Bathans Area Community Association Inc



Millers Flat School



Bike Wanaka Inc



Wanaka Preschool Early Childhood Centre



Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust



Wheels to Dunstan Charitable Trust



Wanaka Primary School



QLDC - New Year's Eve Celebration (ex Summerdaze)




Otago Community Trust Social Services Capability Grants, December 2020


Able - Southern Families Support



Dunedin Community House Trust Inc



Ōtepoti Collective Against Sexual Abuse



Youthline Otago Inc



Prisoner Aid and Rehabilitation Society - Otago (PARS)



The Work Opportunities Trust



Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust



Disability Information Service Inc



The Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society Inc




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