Community Trust gives funds to local groups

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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A hall, a play centre and a pipe band are all recipients in the latest round of donations from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury.

South Canterbury organisations received more than $11,000 from the trust, including $1560 towards the running costs of the 2014 Future Living Festival at Geraldine.

Events Geraldine co-ordinator Jill Roberts said the money would go towards the cost of bringing high calibre speakers to the event, including 2013 Young New Zealander of the Year Sam Judd and financial commentator Rod Oram.

"We are absolutely delighted at the support," Mrs Roberts said.

The largest donations for the region went to Timaru-based organisations CCS Disability Action South Canterbury and Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury.

They each received $5000 towards operational costs.

The Blue Cliffs Hall Committee was granted a conditional donation of $5543 towards a ride-on mower for grounds maintenance.

The trust also awarded money to the Ashburton Aviation Museum Society, the Mid Canterbury Children's Events and Activities Trust and the Environmental Education Resource Sustainability Trust.

The trust has 12 rounds for distributing money each year, 10 for grants under $10,000 and two for grants over $10,000. Applications for the first of the larger donation rounds close on March 21.

The trust plans to release a commemorative book lthis year to celebrate last year's 25th anniversary.

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- The Timaru Herald

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