Increased Funding for Teviot Valley Projects

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Otago Community Trust has funded over $500,000 to support a wide range of community projects during its August funding round, with the Teviot Valley region in particular benefiting from recent grant approvals.

A grant of $50,000 has been approved for the Teviot District Museum which will help with the cost of purchasing and fitting out the Masonic Lodge building located on the main street in Roxburgh. The Masonic Lodge building will become an integral part of the presentation of historical collections from the districts of Teviot.

Teviot District Museum Secretary Barbara Fraser said that with the $50,000 grant from Otago Community Trust, an earlier grant of $80,000 from Central Lakes Trust and a $25,000 grant from the Alexander McMillan Trust, we are now well within reach of our fundraising goal.

“The current museum, a small stone building, tucked away on Abbotsford Street, has struggled to function effectively in terms of developing and promoting collections and activities”

“It’s packed and has no running water or toilets, it’s been difficult for volunteers to work effectively in the museum or open the doors to the public for a long time.”

Otago Community Trust Chairman Diccon Sim noted that the Otago Community Trust is very pleased to support this important heritage project for the Teviot community.

“We expect that people in the Teviot Valley area will be delighted to have their local museum collections on the main street of Roxburgh and in a building better suited for research, display and promotion” , Sim said.

Otago Community Trust was also pleased to award a $40,000 grant to Millers Flat School to assist with the much needed construction of a new schoolyard, replacing the old playground, which is no longer suitable because it does not respond to today’s health. and safety standards.

Millers Flat School Principal Hilary Spedding said the small rural school community is very excited about a new playground and very grateful for all the wonderful community grants that will help develop it for the school. .

In other grants, Pacific Trust Otago received a $6,913 grant to help defray the cost of hosting a Pasifika youth-focused career event – ​​“Pasifika Navigators of Tomorrow”.

Otago Community Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said the careers event would engage and broaden awareness of the opportunities available in employment, education and vocational training.

“We hope the young people who attend Pasifika Navigators of Tomorrow will be inspired by the range of opportunities presented at the event.”

The Pasifika Navigators of Tomorrow career event is a collaboration between Pacific Trust Otago, Business South and Connected – the whole-of-government service run by the Department of Social Development.

Other organizations receiving community grants in August include Mt Aspiring College, which received a $40,000 grant to support the development of the College’s arts facilities. Otago Hockey has been awarded a grant of $14,300 to help defray the costs of hosting the National Hockey Championships in Dunedin September 11-17, 2022, and an $8,000 grant has been approved to Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust to help to cover Hone Tuwhare Artists’ start-up costs and the creatives’ residency at Kaka Point over the working weekend.

In total, Otago Community Trust approved $506,412 to 26 organizations in August 2022.

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