$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

Alexandra

Sticks 'n Stones Inc

$45,000

 

Alexandra Primary School Charitable Trust (COEC Ltd)

$15,000

 

Central Otago Ecological Trust

$3,000

 

Dunstan Arm Rowing Club Inc

$6,500

 

Alexandra Petanque Club Inc

$4,000

 

Central Otago Victim Support Local Group Committee

$1,500

Balclutha

Kaitangata Primary School

$1,490

 

Blessed Box Charitable Trust

$8,000

 

Our Hut Heritage Hub

$1,247

Cromwell

Cromwell Youth Trust

$25,000

Dunedin

Dunedin Senior Chinese Assn

$2,000

 

Brighton Gala Day

$1,000

 

Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra Inc

$1,500

 

Cancer Society of NZ Otago & Southland

$25,000

 

Swimming New Zealand

$20,000

 

Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust

$78,000

 

Servants Health Centre Trust

$5,000

 

Dunedin Symphony Orchestra

$80,000

 

Ravensbourne Primary School

$8,500

 

Saddleview Pony Club

$2,250

 

Columba College

$31,400

 

Dunedin Youth Orchestra Inc

$10,000

 

International Festival Environment Science Technology Dun NZ Inc

$65,000

 

St Kilda Brass Band Inc

$3,000

 

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

$28,000

 

The Connections Education and Development Trust

$14,500

 

Saddle Hill Foundation Trust

$35,000

 

St Brigids School

$6,000

 

Tahuna Normal Intermediate School

$142,000

 

South Dunedin Community Network Inc

$1,992

 

Royal NZ Pipe Band Assn - Otago Centre

$2,000

 

CCS Disability Action Otago Inc

$15,000

 

Punga Croquet Club Inc

$700

Milton

Toko Golf Club

$5,000

Mosgiel

Taieri College

$250,000

 

Middlemarch Swimming Club Soc Inc

$10,000

Oamaru

North Otago Sports Bodies Association Incorporated

$1,500

 

Janet Frame Eden Street Trust

$3,000

 

CCS Disability Action Waitaki Inc

$7,500

 

Harbour Street Jazz Incorporated

$7,800

 

St Kevins College

$9,600

 

Otematata Residents Assoc Inc

$12,000

 

'Our Hub' Oamaru Creative Arts Space

$980

 

Cycling Waitaki Inc

$1,867

Otago

Royal New Zealand Ballet

$7,000

 

Blue Light Ventures Incorporated

$4,557

 

Skeggs Foundation

$16,400

 

Otago Chamber of Commerce

$45,500

 

Kiwi Family Trust

$2,500

 

New Edinburgh Folk Club Inc

$6,000

 

Crohn's & Colitis New Zealand Charitable Trust

$5,000

 

Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand

$1,188

Ranfurly

St Bathans Area Community Association Inc

$3,000

Roxburgh

Millers Flat School

$5,000

Wanaka

Bike Wanaka Inc

$10,000

 

Wanaka Preschool Early Childhood Centre

$3,904

 

Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust

$11,750

 

Wheels to Dunstan Charitable Trust

$10,000

 

Wanaka Primary School

$10,000

 

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

$5,000

 

 

Otago Community Trust Social Services Capability Grants, December 2020

 

Able - Southern Families Support

$5,000

 

Dunedin Community House Trust Inc

$4,892

 

Ōtepoti Collective Against Sexual Abuse

$3,944

 

Youthline Otago Inc

$5,000

 

Prisoner Aid and Rehabilitation Society - Otago (PARS)

$5,000

 

The Work Opportunities Trust

$5,000

 

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

$5,000

 

Disability Information Service Inc

$4,900

 

The Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society Inc

$1,386

 

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