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Otago Community Trust - April Newsletter

Kia ora tatou Otago - Welcome to our new look eNewsletter. 

Enclosed you will find: 

Our staff and trustees are now all happily working from home, our grants portal remains open for grant applications and we are committed to being flexible with our granting process.


From the CE

by Barbara Bridger

Welcome to our first eNewsletter for 2020. We hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter break and are adjusting to the "new norm" of staying inside your homes and keeping safe in your bubbles.

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Video: NZIWR™ Real-time Resilience #1: Coping During COVID-19 with Dr Denise Quinlan & Dr Lucy Hone (30:03)

New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

by New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

NZIWR have great resources that will support you and those you care for during this period. They also post regular support information on their website:

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COVID-19: Training & Online Seminars

by Otago Chamber of Commerce

The Otago Chamber of Commerce is continuing to offer training, development programmes and workshops to assist businesses and organisations to cope through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Webinar Expertise for Community Organisations

Webinar Expertise Available

by Community Research

Are you interested in running webinars for your community or workplace?

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Community remote working toolkit - Vodafone New Zealand Foundation -

Community remote working guide

by Vodafone NZ Foundation

The team at Vodafone NZ Foundation have created a toolkit to help organisations enable remote working and grow their online collaboration skills, wherever they are in their digital journey.

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Dunedin Prison

Recent OCT Grant Rounds

by Otago Community Trust

While our office maybe currently closed, our staff and trustees are now all happily working from home, our grants portal remains open for grant applications and we are committed to being flexible with our granting process. Below is a quick summary of our recent grant approvals.

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Members of the South Otago Principals Association

South Otago Schools brace for learning impact

by Otago Community Trust

Otago Community Trust was pleased to announce in late February that it had approved a $500,000 grant to support the Big River Cluster of schools across South Otago over the next three years.

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Video: Central to the Soul

Central to the Soul

by Arts on Tour

As we enter week four in lockdown, spend a leisurely hour with Central to the Soul and reflect on what a wonderful region we live in.

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Urban Farm - Open Day

Urban Farm at Kaikorai Valley College

by Kaikorai Valley College

In early March ONENews Goodsorts visited the Urban Farm at Kaikorai Valley College. The short video produced gives a great sneak peek of the work of a science teacher Dr Simon McMillan who saw potential in some surplus land at the College.

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Bubble Life

Bubble Life

by Melanie McAtamney

We love how innovative and supportive our grantee community has been during this challenging and difficult time. This article profiles just a few great ideas from our community groups for keeping you and your whānau happy and healthy during lock down.

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COVID-19 Response Fund - Now Open

by Barbara Bridger

On the 30th of March 2020, Otago Community Trust earmarked a separate $2 million dollar response fund outside of our regular granting budget to support community organisations and not for profit bodies within our funding area through the current COVID-19 crisis. This Response Fund is Now Open.

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COVID-19 Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund

by Ministry of Social Development

Here is some important information about a new MSD fund which is available now - The COVID-19 Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund.

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Creative New Zealand - Emergency Response Package

by Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand is actively monitoring how they can support the arts sector through COVID-19. They have just released further information on their $16M Emergency Response Package.

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Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) - Now Open

by Melanie McAtamney

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme or COGS provides grants to non-profit organisations delivering community-based social services that contribute to achieving locally-determined outcomes.

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Basketball Otago - Goldrush

Regional Sports - Application Due Date Extension

by Sue Stewart

Regional Sport funding is considered by the Trust annually in a single round, closing 31 March with outcomes announced at the end of June.

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$for$ Funding

$ for $ Fund - Extension to 30 June 2020

by Otago Community Trust

Otago Community Trust’s $ for $ Fund has been extended to 30 June 2020, therefore we are taking the opportunity to encourage those schools who have not picked up their school’s entitlement to do so. Over $400k is still available to be picked up.

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Learning Impact Fund - Hills Cluster Open Day

Learning Impact Fund - Now Closed

by Otago Community Trust

The Otago Community Trust established the Learning Impact Fund in 2017 to provide a dedicated fund to support projects which would make a real difference to student achievement, but which are unable to be funded through traditional funding channels. Since launching the Learning Impact Fund three years ago, Otago Community Trust has approved just over $2 million to eight separate Learning Impact Fund projects.

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Otago - Feedback Wanted

Volunteering Otago - Feedback Wanted

by Volunteering Otago

Volunteering Otago and Volunteering Central (with support from Volunteering NZ) are currently collecting information from organisations that involve volunteers.

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The New Zealand Support Report

Reports of Interest - JBWere

by JBWere, Philanthropy New Zealand

Business giving is up, funding to the environment is low, fewer people are donating but they are giving larger amounts, and a small proportion of charities are getting the lion’s share of the money, a new report shows.

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#ProtectOurWhakapapa Resources

COVID-19 Resources - #Protect Our Whakapapa

by Pip Laufiso

Trustee Pip Laufiso has shared a very useful link to the #ProtectOurWhakapapa website which has some resources that have been specifically developed for Māori. These are very clear, simple to understand messages that can also be used by a wide range of community groups to support those in need.

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