$1 million to Otago Sporting Groups

  • 01-Jul-21
  • News Media Release

Otago Community Trust announced that it has approved over $1 million dollars in funding to Otago’s sport and recreation sector. 

Otago Community Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger explains that this annual funding supports regional sporting bodies who are seeking to introduce and / or maintain programmes which encourage participation and development of their sport in Otago.

“Otago Community Trust recognises that taking part in sport, recreation and cultural activities can help people to lead fulfilling lives, and that people participating in their communities can have benefits for health and wider community wellbeing,” said Ms Bridger.

Otago Community Trust chair Diccon Sim said while demand always tends to exceed the budget available for Regional Sport funding, this year across the 30 Regional Sporting bodies applying for funding, close to $1.3 million was requested and the Trust was able to approve $1,088,750. 

“The significant funding reflects the strong desire by Trustees to continue ongoing support of our Regional Sporting bodies in this turbulent Covid-19 environment, as well as supporting their efforts to increase participation rates and opportunities to be active within Otago communities.” said Mr Sim.  

Snow Sports New Zealand finance manager Mat Prichard said the Snow Sports New Zealand team is very grateful for Otago Community Trust’s continued support of snow sports in Otago.

“The funding we have received not only this year but also last year during the onset of the Covid-19 crisis goes a long way to relieving the pressures being felt by our development and leadership team here at Snow Sports New Zealand”.

We feel privileged to have local funders who have remained steadfast in their funding support during this challenging period and who believe in the importance of our athlete development programme, said Mr Prichard.

A small number of community grants were also approved in the June meeting.  Mornington Bowling Club Inc one of the largest beneficiaries, received a $40,000 grant to assist with the renewal of the bowling green synthetic surface. He Waka Kotuia Trust received a $20,000 grant to provide support with hosting ‘Te Hautoka’ - Otago-Southland Regional Secondary Kapa Haka Competition. 

Clutha Rugby Football Club Inc received a $7,407 grant which will assist with the cost of the purchase and installation of field lights on the Clutha Rugby Football grounds and Mt Aspiring College received a $4,000 to support the Colleges’ Arts Festival where students from across year groups will perform and exhibit a variety of art forms over the course of five days at the Lake Wanaka Centre.  

The Otago Community Trust gave a total of $1,331,455 to 52 community organisations in June 2021.

 

Otago Community Trust Regional Sport Grants, June 2021

Cromwell

Central Otago Hockey Assn

$15,000

Dunedin

Otago Table Tennis Assn Inc

$5,000

 

Otago Cricket Assn Inc

$60,500

 

Dunedin Ice Skating Club Inc

$12,500

 

Otago Rugby Football Union Inc

$55,000

 

Parafed Otago

$22,000

 

Otago Academy of Sport

$35,000

 

Otago Hockey Assn (1990) Inc

$52,000

 

Football South

$82,000

 

Tennis Otago Incorporated

$15,000

 

Otago Rowing Association Inc

$30,000

 

Otago Rugby League Inc

$25,000

 

Sport Otago

$175,750

 

Otago Secondary Schools Sports Assn

$28,000

 

Basketball Otago Inc

$66,500

 

Athletics Otago Inc

$26,000

Oamaru

North Otago Rugby Football Union Inc

$22,000

Otago

Otago Softball Assn Inc

$18,000

 

Swimming Otago

$12,000

 

Mainland South BMX Assn Inc

$13,000

 

Surf Life Saving New Zealand Inc

$18,000

 

Otago Badminton Assn Inc

$16,500

 

Netball South Zone Inc

$110,000

 

Special Olympics New Zealand

$20,000

 

Golf Otago Incorporated

$27,500

 

Gymnastics New Zealand

$7,000

 

Squash Otago Inc

$27,500

 

Otago Touch Assn Inc

$40,000

Ranfurly

NZ Curling Assn Inc

$12,000

Wanaka

Snow Sports NZ Inc

$40,000

 

Otago Community Trust Community Grants, June 2021

Alexandra

Alexandra Community Advice Network Inc

$2,000

 

REAP - Central Otago

$10,000

 

Central Otago Regional Choir

$5,000

 

Alexandra Clyde Lauder Union Parish

$12,149

Balclutha

Clutha Rugby Football Club Inc

$7,407

Cromwell

Cromwell and Districts Promotion Group Inc

$6,000

Dunedin

Dunedin Performing Arts Competitions Society Inc

$500

 

He Waka Kotuia Trust

$20,000

 

Maori Hill School

$10,000

 

Dunedin Marine Search & Rescue Inc

$10,000

 

Mornington Bowling Club Inc

$40,000

 

Sacred Heart School

$3,603

Mosgiel

Twelve Oaks Golf Club Incorporated

$6,000

Oamaru

Oamaru Poultry Pigeon & Canary Society

$500

 

Oamaru Tongan Methodist Parish

$26,278

Otago

Ara Taiohi

$15,000

 

Scout Assn of NZ - Otago Gang Show

$13,018

 

The CanInspire Charitable Trust

$2,250

 

Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust

$6,000

Ranfurly

NZ Curling Assn Inc

$3,000

Wanaka

Kahu Youth Trust

$40,000

 

Mt Aspiring College

$4,000

 

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