New Zealand Raptor Trust birds chairman Ron Lindsay with Cole and Tom in 2020. The Timaru birds of prey education centre has received $21,000 from the Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury.
Grants totalling $529,600 has been distributed to 11 organisations in Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury’s second main funding round for 2021.
The Cancer Society of South Canterbury received $30,000 towards operating costs while New Zealand Raptor Trust was given $21,000 towards its building project.
Raptor trust secretary and volunteer co-ordinator Jenni Fraser said the grant in addition to other grants it received would go towards developing its education centre.
“We are very appreciative. The community trust has given us enough to start the project. We have two containers on site which we want to join together.”
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Trust trustee Mark Adams said he was impressed by the vision of the group combining a birds of prey recovery centre with being a tourist attraction and to educate.
Cancer Society spokeswoman Heather Locke was thrilled with the money towards the organisation’s operating costs.
“We have had a particularly lean six months, from lockdown forcing us to cancel our street appeal in August, to postponing our big fundraising ball and other big events due to Level 2 restrictions.
“These vital funds and opportunities to collaborate with our donors have been reduced, and we owe so much to Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury, whose support will keep our operations running as we plan for the future.”
Other Timaru beneficiaries included the Timaru Golf Club which received $10,000, Pleasant Point Cricket and Rugby Clubs $15,000 each, while CPlay received the largest single sum of the round of $250,000, towards redeveloping the playground at Caroline Bay.
Mackenzie District Community Care gained $28,600.
In Ashburton, Staveley Hall society received $120,000 for its ice rink refrigeration project, Hospice Mid Canterbury has $15,000 towards operating costs, and the Methven Bowling Club and Mt Nessing Golf Club benefited by $5000 each. The bowling club would use the grant towards a sunshade while the golf club will upgrade its irrigation system.
For all districts Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust, and Brake NZ, which runs a driver simulator pilot, received $15,000 each.
A further funding round for 2021 is for capital projects up to $20,000 which closes on February 4, 2022.
The community trust 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.