Grants to museums as protectors of heritage

Otago Museum and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum were allocated six-figure grants in the latest round of Otago Community Trust funding.

Trust chief executive Keith Ellwood said the Otago region had an "immense" heritage value and the grants would help preserve the region's reputation as one "rich in history" .

"The trust is delighted to have given donations towards projects that protect and celebrate our unique heritage for today's and future generations," he said.

The settlers museum received $225,000 to cover the costs of the New Edinburgh Exhibition and the Kai Tahu Wahi Poupou structure.

Otago Museum received $100,000 towards the redevelopment of the North Dunedin Post Office.

The post office will be turned into museum exhibition space, hosting rarely seen collections and providing a space for community developed exhibitions.

Thirty-seven organisations received $910,410 in trust grants in May.

Other grants were. -Alexandra Clay Target Club $2500; Kaitangata Black Gold Community $1500; South Otago Justice of the Peace Association $2000; Fine Thyme Theatre Company $5000; Central Otago District Council - Cromwell Community Board $50,000; Otago Amateur Weightlifting Association $450; Kaikorai Grays Sport and Travel $500; Grants Braes Kindergarten $500; Spring Chamber Music $1000; Araiteuru Marae Council $1800; Keep Dunedin Beautiful Committee $2000; Coastguard Dunedin $3000; Wakari Cub and Scout Group - Scout Assn of NZ $3000; Opera Otago $7500; Dunedin City Council - Getting Dunedin Active $7500; Athletics Otago $7500; Otago University Rowing Club $10,000; Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust $10,000; Dunedin Riding for the Disabled $20,000; Southern Sinfonia $55,000; Goldfields Educare $2000; Taieri Musical Society $3000; North Otago Bird Fanciers Club $500; Orwell Street Gospel Chapel, Oamaru, $2000; CCS Disability Action Waitaki $9000; Barnardos Otago $10,000; Otago Outdoor Education Camp Trust $18,800; Skeggs Foundation $25,000; Wellington Museums Trust $2500; RMH Auckland Trust $10,000; Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust $300,000; Big Steps Educare $360; Wanaka Tennis Club $1500; Wanakafest Community Trust $2500; Wanaka Golf Club $7500.

- Written by Timothy Brown.



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