Rotorua Trust ready to support those helping our community through COVID-19

Rotorua Trust has geared up to support those supporting our community through COVID-19, including collaborating with other funders to help those most in need.

Chairman Stewart Edward says in these unprecedented times, the Trust is focused on making quick decisions to ensure organisations working in incredibly trying circumstances are able to make a meaningful difference.

“We’ve also collaborated with BayTrust, who have  allocated a further $100,000 specifically for Rotorua organisations experiencing an immediate funding shortfall and/or a significant increase in demand on their services because of the implications of COVID-19 but where they have the ability to make a meaningful difference.”

Mr Edward says it is clear COVID-19 is having a huge impact on the Rotorua community and will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months.

“We want to help those who can support our community in this incredibly difficult time.”

Mr Edward says the Trust is committed to making the process as easy as possible for groups, who can apply for funding from both BayTrust and Rotorua Trust at the same time, through the Rotorua Trust application form.

“We’re urging anyone who thinks we might be able to support them to give either our Trust Manager Tony Gill or Grants Manager Jackie McCullough a call first. They’ll be able to help advise on whether their project fits with the funding guidelines, and support them through the process.

“Any organisations that could make a real difference to our community immediately, but are struggling with funding, should get in touch. We know there are many who are working tirelessly to make sure our community is supported, especially those who are vulnerable. We want to know how we can support them at this time.”

While the Rotorua Trust office is closed, staff are continuing to work from home and can be contacted via email or phone. If you are thinking of applying for funding call Jackie on 027 206 5449, or Tony on 027 573 7524.

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