Funding Support Secured for Forestry Pathways Programme

27 Sep 2021

Media Release

In its latest funding round, Otago Community Trust awarded a $19,611 grant to the Tokomairiro Training Pathways course to assist with the cost of running the Forestry Pathways Programme out of Tokomairiro Training Centre.

Tokomairiro Training programme manager Lynda Allan said the programme specialises in breaking down barriers to learning for young people, who are often at risk of dropping out of school.

“The Forestry Pathways Programme places emphasis on silviculture operations and introduces learners to a variety of industry pathways including future tertiary study and employment”.

The programme has been running for three years now, it is run for two days each week over a 32-week period and is well supported by local high schools and financially supported by several local forestry companies. The feedback we receive from students is overwhelmingly positive with several students now fully employed in the industry, said Ms Allan.

Otago Community Trust chair, Diccon Sim said trustees were particularly impressed with the Forestry Pathways Programme.

“The programme aligns closely with the Trust’s strategic priority of increased access to opportunities, particularly in its ability to provide economic benefits and enhance employment opportunities for a number of young people in Otago.”

A $185,000 grant to the Otago Festival of the Arts Trust was also awarded in September. This grant will support the Dunedin Arts Festival scheduled for October 2022. Festival director Charlie Unwin said that Otago Community Trust’s support is invaluable to the festival, especially given the current climate we find ourselves in and allow us to follow on from the success of the 2021 iteration.

“We will continue to deliver more free events in the city, more engagement with the schools, more diversity in programming and audiences, more accessibility and there is a continuing desire to extend the festival further geographically with shows in Oamaru, Invercargill and Central Otago”.

Other organisations benefiting from grants in September included the Ida Valley Pool Trust who received a $20,000 grant to assist with the cost of a permanent building to house its community swimming pool.

A $17,000 grant was awarded to Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust, a Wānaka community-based native plant nursery that will help with the cost of developing dedicated quarters for its volunteers. 

Central Otago District Arts Trust were awarded a $8,000 grant to assist with the cost of producing "People and Place" an ongoing project designed to support, promote and celebrate artists and the arts in the Central Otago region. 

In total Otago Community Trust approved just over $395,511 to 26 organisations in September 2021.


Otago Community Trust Community Grants, September 2021


Central Otago Heritage Trust



Central Otago District Arts Trust



Clinton Golf Club Inc



Balclutha Antique Fire Fighting Equipment Society Inc



Green Island Kindergarten



West Harbour Arts Charitable Trust



Pregnancy Help Incorporated Dunedin Branch



Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust



Otago Festival of the Arts Trust



Māori Hill Junior Football Club



Dunedin Lawn Bowls Stadium Inc



Port Chalmers United Rowing Club Inc



Presbyterian Support Otago



Tokomairiro High School



Milton Opportunities Charitable Trust



Tuapeka Aquatic Centre



Taieri Musical Society Inc



Residents Association Omarama Inc



Waitaki District Council - Community Events



Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ



Arasan NZ - Otago Branch



BMX New Zealand Incorporated



Ida Valley Pool Trust



Wanaka Arts Society



Snow Sports NZ Inc



Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust