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There was a real flavour of supporting social and emergency services in the region at Central Lakes Trust’s first meeting of the new financial year.

More than 30 of the grants in the first meeting of the year were associated with social service provision and reflected the very important role that these services provide in and around our community.

One of those was Whānau Āwhina Plunket which was awarded a three-year grant of $75,000 each year to continue the provision of community services across the region.

Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said the trust was pleased to offer support to continue the much needed services for our region’s young families.

Whānau Āwhina Plunket southern regional operations manager Maria Van Der Plas said the charity was truly grateful for the ongoing support from the Central Lakes Trust, especially in the present environment.

“The grant will go towards coffee groups, playgrounds and injury prevention education sessions and the like, which are so important to keep our families with pēpi and tamariki under-5 connected and supported in those crucial early years, setting them up for healthy futures.”

Whānau Āwhina Plunket offers clinics across Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes districts.

Support was also given to Hato Hone St John for a new ambulance in Alexandra to replace one of its ageing fleet. The trust’s grant of $100,000 will ensure an ambulance is available for the community by August this year.

Over an average 12-month period in Alexandra and the Central Otago Region, an individual transporting ambulance responds to more than 1500 incidents with nearly a third of them triaged as life-threatening or time critical.

“The trust started granting on a multi-year basis several years ago to make it less onerous for groups applying for funding and provide security of income. For those we have a strong working relationship with and who operate in the social service sector, we can fund for successive years,” grants manager Mat Begg said.

More than $2.6 million was approved for the first meeting of the trust’s financial year — about 28% of the trust’s grants budget of $9.45 million.

Of this total $1.57 million in multi-year grants were approved.

Grants approved — May 2023

Central Lakes Trust Grants

AWE Festival $40,000

Central Otago Regional Choir concert series $7,933

Queenstown Trails Trust Queenstown trail realignment $187,884

Rock Quest Charitable Trust Smokefreerockquest $4838

Roxburgh Entertainment Centre sound system replacement $21,774

St John Ambulance for Alexandra $100,980

WoolOn Creative and Fashion Society WoolOn $14,000

Operational Grants

Able Charitable Trust $60,000

Age Concern Southland Inc $47,344

Alexandra Community Advice Ntwk $10,000

Baskets of Blessing $113,828

Birthright Central Otago $4830

Central Lakes Family Services $85,000

CCS Disability Action Sthld $8500

Central Otago Victim Support $7500

CO Compassionate Friends $10,345

Community Care Trust $40,000

Epilepsy Association of NZ $5000

Happiness House Trust $70,000

Parkinson’s New Zealand $10,000

Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust $75,000

Snow Sports NZ Charitable Trust $17,500

Sport Otago Operational Grant $60,000

The Moray Foundation Trust $2600

WAI Wanaka$85,000

CLT Initiatives

Presbyterian Support Otago emergency heating fund $30,000

Multi-year Grants

Alexandra Community Arts Class Arts Support $32,149

Alexandra Senior Citizens Centre $16,000

Anglican Family Care Centre Inc $26,800

Arts Central Class $21,538

Cancer Society of NZ, Otago/Sthld $70,000

Central Otago Budgeting Services $79,765

Central Otago REAP Counsellor in Schools $30,000

Central Otago Victim Support emergency fund $10,000

Citizens Advice Bureau Qtown $51,654

CLT Scholarships $125,000

Community Law Otago $27,872

Creative Queenstown Class $69,521

Cromwell College referral programme $20,504

Cromwell Community Welfare trust $5279

Cromwell Youth Trust $208,868

Dunstan High School referral programme $19,879

Charitable Trust Journeys $22,512

Luma $30,000

M!NT $45,290

Mount Aspiring College referral programme $45,648

Otago Community Hospice Trust $107,200

Presbyterian Support Otago $85,760

Roxburgh Area School referral programme $5485

Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust $20,000

Southern Lakes Sanctuary Trust predator trapping $185,000

Southland Multiple Sclerosis $1703

Teviot Valley Rest Home $18,432

The Stroke Foundation of NZ $10,720

Upper Clutha Community Arts $35,157

Upper Clutha Presbyterian Church $13,000

Volunteer South $75,040

Wakatipu High School referral programme $44,764



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