Trust approves $124,000 in grants

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Twenty-four health, community and recreational groups will receive a total of $124,089 from the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury’s latest funding round.

Operating grants were given to several groups working to improve health in the region including:

  • Mid Canterbury Riding for the Disabled ($5000)
  • South Canterbury Multiple Sclerosis Society ($10,000)
  • Parkinson’s New Zealand ($10,000)
  • The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand ($3000)
  • CCS Disability Action South Canterbury Inc ($10,000)
  • RNZ Foundation of the Blind Inc ($2000 digital audio books)
  • Life Education Trust Mid and South Canterbury ($8500)
  • Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust ($9804).

The community trust is also taking steps to support the region’s economic wellbeing.

At the individual level this takes the form of:

  • a $10,000 operating grant to the Ashburton Baptist Church
  • $10,000 to the Gloriavale Leavers’ Fund
  • an operational grant of $5000 to Learning for You South Canterbury, which provides young people with private assessment and tuition to reach their academic potential.

The trust has also committed guarantee-against-loss funding for two 2020 South Canterbury events which will attract tourism and economic investment in the region:

  • the Southern Classic to be held at Levels Raceway (Classic Action Motorcycle Sport SI Inc, $2000)
  • the NZ Pony Club Association show jumping championship to be held in Waimate (Waimate Pony Club, $2000).

Other grants made were:

  • Tinwald Pony Club ($1500 for replacement uniforms)
  • Ashburton swim team ($3300 for radios)
  • Temuka Patchwork Group ($1865 to cover rent and tuition costs)
  • Choirs Aotearoa NZ Trust ($2000 towards an NZ Secondary Schools Choir concert at St Mary’s church in Timaru)
  • Special Olympics South Canterbury ($2000 operational costs)
  • West End Croquet Club South Canterbury Inc ($4000 for lawn upkeep)
  • Highfield Mountainview Scout Group ($5000 for kitchen/bathroom upgrade)
  • Timaru Parents’ Centre Inc ($3920 towards music and movement classes)
  • TiMOru Soap Box Derby ($2000 towards event costs for 2019)
  • Waimate Cricket Club ($6000 towards an artificial cricket pitch)
  • Squash Midlands ($5000 in wage funding for a newly established management/administration position).

The Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury uses returns from investments to fund its philanthropy.

The trust supports not-for-profit organisations and projects which contribute towards achieving a region of healthy, vibrant and caring communities.