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CLT funding bolsters region’s arts and heritage

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 05 Sep, 2019 | By Abby Costen newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Central Lakes Trust (CLT) approved $438,166 in grants to bolster the region's arts and heritage in its latest funding round.

Old Cromwell Inc Society chair Helen Scoles said, “We have seen a number of heritage-, environment-, arts- and cultural-oriented grants this round.”

Project grants include $6000 for staging at Lake Hawea Community Centre, $54,786 for Arrowtown Menzshed and $30,000 for a van for Presbyterian Support Otago's Enliven Services in Wanaka.

CLT chief executive Susan Finlay said, “Successful in Alexandra on many levels, a Menzshed will become a fantastic asset for the Arrowtown community. The product they generate goes back into the community, it might be the picnic table you're sitting at, or the mini-library on a street corner or the young boys they pass their skills on to; their impact is far-reaching aside, of course, from the obvious social inclusion and wellbeing it promotes for its members.”

Operational and programme grants include $4400 for Snow Sports NZ's Remarkables Adaptive Programme, $3560 for The Upper Clutha Sports Community Trust's Festival of Sport and Speaker Series and $8000 for Wanaka Riding for the Disabled's horse hire 2019-20. 

CLT is the Southern Hemisphere's biggest philanthropic trust per capita and aims to ‘make a positive contribution to the community by supporting charitable projects throughout the Central Lakes' to enhance the community and the lives of the people within. 

Since its formation in 2000, the charitable trust has distributed more than $90 million to community projects and services throughout the Central Lakes area.

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