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.