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There are a range of funds available in Central Otago that aim to provide grant funding to support community oriented projects and activities that help to make Central Otago an amazing place to live, work and play. 

Central Lakes Trust was set up to grant funds for community charitable purposes. The Trust assists many community projects and services, but all must meet charitable criteria. For a purpose to be charitable, it must relate to one of the following four Heads of Charity: 
  • the relief of poverty,advancement of education,
  • advancement of religion, or
  • any other matter beneficial to the community.

Also, all projects or services must provide a public benefit, and must not result in private financial gain.

The Central Lakes Trust region is defined as the geographical area which the former Otago Central Electric Power Board was authorised to supply electricity to.

Click here to find out more about Central Lakes Trust.                      

The Otago Community Trust is a philanthropic organisation which applies its Trust funds for charitable and other purposes which are of benefit to the community.                 

The Otago Community Trust considers donations to assist projects that provide a service or amenity for the benefit or enjoyment of the public and contribute to community well being. The types of projects we support include: 
  • Purchase and alterations to buildings
  • Volunteer expenses 
  • Cost of activities and events 
  • Sporting activities including equipment, sports ground and/or facilities. 
  • Purchase of equipment

The Trust provides donations across the diverse sectors of art & culture, heritage, events, environment, education, sport and recreation and community activity and community welfare.            

The Otago Community Trust region is principally the provincial district of Otago excluding West Otago, Queenstown and Arrowtown districts.
Click here to find out more about Otago Community Trust



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