COVID-19 Our Update #4: Connecting with us in Level 2

  • 14-May-20
  • News Announcements

Connecting With Us in Level 2

  • Our office will open on the 18th of May for staff only. Our first priority is the safety of our people and the communities we serve - so our office remains temporarily closed to visitors and we won't be connecting face to face or attending events just yet. 
  • You are welcome to contact the Otago Community Trust team during normal work hours, particularly if COVID-19 has changed things regarding a grant application. 
  • Please call us on 0800 10 12 40 or email We are happy to connect over Zoom.
  • We will review our office situation every two weeks, you can keep up-to-date with our COVID-19 updates via the Otago Community Trust website -


Grant Applications

  • Our grants portal remains open for grant applications and we are committed to being flexible with our granting process over the coming months.
  • If you have an application already into us you should expect to receive a decision from us within the normal 6 to 8 week turnaround time


COVID-19 Response Fund 

Our dedicated COVID-19 Response Fund remains open.

Grants from this fund are made towards any of the following objectives:

  • Additional costs incurred by community organisations in delivering services, projects or activities to members of the community most in need as a result of COVID-19.
  • Assistance for community organisations who incur or have incurred additional costs related to expansion of services as a result of COVID-19.

Details on the Application Process and Eligibility can be found on our website -



Alert Level 2

COVID-19 Alert Levels: Our Status Level 2

  • 28-Feb-21
  • News Announcements

We are now at Alert Level 2. Below is an outline of how Otago Community Trust will respond to changes to the NZ Covid-19 Levels.

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Timeline 2021

Indicative Timetable for 2021

  • 18-Jan-21
  • News Announcements

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Taieri College

$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.

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Trusts Act

The Trusts Act 2019: Implications for trustees of charitable trusts and Not For Profits

  • 19-Nov-20
  • News Announcements

Professor Jessica Palmer and Stephanie Pettigrew explain the implications of the Trusts Act 2019 which comes in to effect on 31 January 2021.

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Sports Turf

Funding boost for Waitaki Boys artificial turf

  • 04-Nov-20
  • News Media Release

The new multipurpose all-weather turf at Waitaki Boys High School in Oamaru received a substantial funding boost from the latest round of grants from the Otago Community Trust.

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