Christmas Funding Boost for Dunedin Night Shelter

11 Dec 2023

Media Release

Otago Community Trust approved over $1.3 million in grants to support of a wide range of community projects in what was the Trust’s final funding round for 2023 last week. The Dunedin Night Shelter, a pillar of support for the homeless community, received a substantial funding boost in the latest round of grants.

The Dunedin Night Shelter Trust was approved a $100,000 grant to support the renovations required to increase existing bed capacity and enhance accessibility. 

Clare Curran outgoing chairwoman for the Dunedin Night Shelter said that in response to the challenges posed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Night Shelter conducted a comprehensive strategic review last year, pinpointing key areas that required urgent attention.

“One of the primary concerns highlighted was the inadequacy of the current dining, lounge, and kitchen spaces and the lack of a downstairs bedroom and accessible bathroom has been a longstanding issue.” Ms Curran said.

“Thanks to the $100,000 grant from Otago Community Trust, we now have a solid foundation to drive our fundraising campaign focused on “Building a Better Shelter” forward and ensure that the Night Shelter continues to operate and grow as a community asset for those in need.”

Otago Community Trust chief executive Jemma Adams said it is pleasing to see such a comprehensive design concept has been developed, featuring an extension of the Night Shelter's services in Dunedin. 

“The Trust is very pleased to be supporting the Dunedin Night Shelter Trust on this crucial journey to make the premise more fit for purpose, safe, and comfortable for all occupants.”

The Alexandra Elim Church Trust also received a large $180,000 capital grant to support its multi-purpose community space development which will include a 215-seat auditorium and two multi-functional spaces.

Senior pastor Aaron More said over the past three years the Church community has been developing plans and raising funds to transform the property in Ngapara St into a modern, multi-purpose facility.

“Thanks to the $180,000 grant from Otago Community Trust, the $250,000 from Central Lakes Trust and the $500,000 already raised, we are now well within reach of our funding target.” 

This second significant grant ensures we will be able to start the project in early 2024, we are just delighted that our vision for the facility and our community is becoming a reality, said More. 

Otago Community Trust chair Andy Kilsby said the Trust is pleased to be supporting the development of this significant community asset for the Alexandra and Central Otago area.

Our trustees have been impressed with the time and consideration that has been committed to the project and the fact that community groups including Alexandra Community Patrol and Alzheimer's Otago already used the church as a base. The prospect of additional community groups utilising the space upon completion, is encouraging to see, said Kilsby.

Other organisations benefiting from community grants in December included Lawrence Bike Club Incorporated who were approved a $25,000 grant to assist with the cost of developing a Mountain Bike trail in the Wetherstone Creek Reserve area. Youth Search and Rescue New Zealand Trust were approved a $16,500 grant to assist with the cost of setting up a Youth Search & Rescue (YSAR) programme in Dunedin, and a $30,000 grant was approved to Maniototo Ice Rink Inc to upgrade the Ice Rink's refrigeration plant. 

The Trust approved a $454,631 grant to Barnardos New Zealand under its Tamariki and Rangatahi Impact Fund to support the wellbeing strategy of Milton Primary School. Further information will be shared on this grant in the new year.

In total Otago Community Trust approved $1,305,775 to 67 organisations in December 2023, this included funding of $107,994 to 19 organisations for capability-based initiatives in areas of governance, management, strategic plan development and health and safety. The Trust’s capability funding is aimed at strengthening the systems of service delivery for not-for-profit organisations across Otago.


Otago Community Trust Community Grants, December 2023


Alexandra Elim Church Trust



Uruuruwhenua Health Incorporated



Central Otago Heritage Trust



Omakau Bowling Club



Clinton Golf Club Inc



Owaka Rugby Football Club



Warepa School



Kaka Point Surf Life Saving Club



Cromwell Museum Trust



Tennis Otago Inc



Dunedin Night Shelter Trust



Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations Trust



Otago Sports Car Club Inc



Balaclava School



Islington Early Childhood Centre Incorporated



YSAR Trust (Youth Search and Rescue New Zealand)



CCS Disability Action Otago Inc



Andersons Bay Community Kindergarten Inc



Castle Charitable Trust



City of Dunedin Pipe Band Inc



SuperGrans Dunedin Charitable Trust



Taieri Mouth Amenities Soc



Dunedin Repertory Soc Inc



Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust



Hope Church Dunedin Incorporated



Dunedin Young Farmers Club



NZ Chinese Heritage Research CT



Ravensbourne Youth Yachting Trust



Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust



Barnardos New Zealand



Lawrence Bike Club Incorporated



Taieri Dramatic Society Inc



Harbour Street Jazz Inc



Waitaki Summer Music Camp



Arts On Tour NZ



Stroke Foundation of NZ



InsideOUT Kōaro



Kiwi Family Trust



Surfing for Farmers Charitable Trust



Anxiety New Zealand Trust



Upper Taieri Wai Incorporated



Maniototo Ice Rink Inc



Upper Clutha Tracks Trust



Alpine Community Development Trust



Mint Charitable Trust



Warbirds Over Wānaka Community Trust



Lake Hawea Community Centre Inc



QLDC - New Year's Eve Celebration



Otago Community Trust Capability Grants, December 2023


Alexandra and Districts Youth Trust



The Clutha Budget Advisory Service



Life Education Trust Heartland Otago Southland



Cromwell Youth Trust



Dunedin Community House Trust Inc



Football South



Anglican Family Care



Diving Ōtākou






Presbyterian Support Otago



Te Hou Ora Whānau Services Limited



Aroha Ki Te Tamariki



The Work Opportunities Trust



Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust



Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa - Playcentre Aotearoa



Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust



Mint Charitable Trust



Wanaka Wastebusters



Kahu Youth Trust