Otago Community Trust Distributes Over $1.2 Million in First Funding Round for 2024

6 Mar 2024

Media Release

The Otago Community Trust today announced its latest round of community funding, awarding over $1.2 million to 47 recipients throughout the region. The grants will support a wide range of community initiatives, with a particular focus on youth, education, and recreational programs.

Harold the Giraffe is set to hit the road again this year with the Life Education Trust Heartland Otago Southland receiving $10,000. This funding will go towards delivering its health education program to primary and intermediate schools.

Dana Young from Life Education says "with the help of this funding from Otago Community Trust, we can continue to deliver the Life Education programme to tamariki across our region, continuing to inspire generations to make positive choices regarding their health and wellbeing."

Life Education visits schools in a mobile classroom to teach students about healthy living and understanding their bodies. The programme is expected to reach 4,600 students in the Otago area (including South and Central) this year.

Also receiving support is Sailability Otago, which provides sailing opportunities for people of all ages with disabilities. The grant of $15,000 will allow them to purchase a specially designed accessible sailing boat and associated equipment. This will enable them to establish ongoing sailing programs in the Otago Harbour, promoting independence and building confidence through the joy of sailing.

Graham Larsen of Sailability Otago says "As a committed group of cheery volunteers based in Broad Bay, we will now be able to buy our own specially adapted sailing boat. Anyone with a disability or support needs will be able to enjoy the thrill of supported sailing on our beautiful Otago Harbour”.

Kahu Youth Trust received $75,000 in funding to support its broad range of programs for young people ages 11-24 in the Upper Clutha region. This includes after school clubs, holiday programs, mentoring, support groups, skills building workshops, and more. A portion of the funding will also support the fit-out of a new dedicated youth hub being developed in Wānaka.

“We are thrilled with the significant funding boost Otago Community Trust has given towards Kahu Youth Trust. This generous support will enable us to maintain the accessibility of our quality programmes and expand to offer more opportunities for our local youth - empowering them to live their best lives” says Anna Sutherland, Kahu Youth Trust Operations Director.

Other community organisations receiving grants in February include: Pregnancy Help Dunedin, which was awarded $8,000 to provide support and services to whānau in the area; Palmerston Primary School, which received $27,560 to complete construction of their new outdoor classroom; and East Taieri School, which was granted $2,500 for new Kapa Haka uniforms.

"We are thrilled to support such a diverse range of important community initiatives through our first funding round for 2024," said Andy Kilsby, Chair of the Otago Community Trust.


Please see the full list of grant recipients below:

Otago Community Trust Community Grants, February 2024

Balclutha Life Education Trust Heartland Otago Southland 10000
Cromwell Cromwell Primary School 52500
Dunedin Dunedin City Council - General 5000
  South Dunedin Community Network Inc 11800
  Aphasia New Zealand (AphasiaNZ) Charitable Trust 3000
  Otago Secondary Schools Sports Assn 3000
  Dunedin Choral Society 8000
  Pregnancy Help Inc Dunedin Branch 8000
  The StarJam Charitable Trust 5500
  ADL 14229
  Abbotsford School 30000
  Otago Cricket Assn Inc 75000
  Progress of Waikouaiti Area 8000
  Greater Green Island Community Network Charitable Trust 644859
  Dance Therapy NZ 2000
  Dunedin Wildlife Trust 12000
  Stage South Charitable Trust 7000
  Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust 83000
  Servants Health Centre Trust 8200
  Kaikorai Valley College 1301
  Dunedin Tai Chi Club Inc 3840
  Dunedin Returned Services Choir 875
  Dunedin Pakistan Society Inc 3000
  Dunedin Friend-Link Trust 5000
Milton Lawrence Golf Club Incorporated 10000
Mosgiel Silver Peaks Country Music Club Inc 2200
  East Taieri School 2500
  Silverstream South Primary School 8000
Oamaru Orwell Street Gospel Chapel Oamaru 2000
  Oamaru Assembly of God 5000
  North Otago Sports Bodies Assn Inc 1500
  Waitaki Menzshed 1500
Otago OneCoast Incorporated 5000
  Road Safety Education Limited 8500
  The Boys' Brigade in NZ Inc 15000
  Sailability Otago Trust 15000
  Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network 7500
  Dunedin Workers Educational Assn Te Wāhi Ākoranga o Ōtepoti Inc 5000
  TalkLink Trust 3000
  Tititea Performing Arts Trust 2000
  Young Workers Resource Centre Inc 2000
  New Zealand Endometriosis Foundation Charitable Trust 2000
  Skeggs Foundation 2245
  Blue Light Ventures Inc 1750
Waik/Palm Palmerston Primary School 27560
Wānaka Kahu Youth  Trust 75000
  Search and Rescue Dogs Avalanche Inc 6500