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2022 Community Trust Update

Glenorchy Village Fair

Glenorchy Village Fair – Art on The Green – was one of three successful grant applicants in October 2019’s round of fund allocations. 

The funds for this Glenorchy Rural Women’s annual event helped provide advertising and live entertainment on the day (24 November 2019).

The Glenorchy Village Fair has been running since 2013 and offers community groups and individuals an opportunity to promote their wares.  Both visitors and locals are invited to spend the day sampling local produce and enjoy live music by the GY Music Society. 

Ingrid Temple, founder and co-ordinator, said: “It’s always a great day for us to get together, hang out the bunting and have some fun. We started this event to create a family friendly, creative day that the whole community could turn out to take part in, and this year we had 14 stallholders selling their artworks, produce or fundraising for their local group. Glenorchy is full of creative energy and the Village Fair gives them a platform to showcase their creativity!”

Camp Glenorchy also donated two marquees, providing much-needed shelter from the wind and sun, and Mrs Woolly’s General Store provided tasty treats for sale at the Rural Women’s baked stall.

Trustees were happy to announce three successful applicants in this Spring’s grant allocations – October 2019.

* Glenorchy Village Fair
*  The Glenorchy Gym Club
*  The GY Art Society

Young Gymnasts Are Given a Boost

Glenorchy School Gym Club were one of the four successful grant applicants to receive funding toward their new gym mats in March 2019. 

All pupils aged between 5 – 13 years are able to join the gymnastics club and the new mats are an integral part of their development and safety.  

Glenorchy Community Website

Glenorchy Community Website committee members were delighted to be among the successful recipients of last March’s Community Trust grants allocations.

The Glenorchy Community website was launched in 2011 to provide current Head of the Lake news to both community members and others interested in the area.

The website has undergone a number of face-lifts since then to keep the platform current and the Website Committee will use the money provided by the Community Trust on staff training so they can keep the site fresh and informative.

Glenorchy Heritage & Museum

The Glenorchy Heritage and Museum Group were delighted to be a recipient of a Community Grant.

We’re using our grant to develop two historic outposts — one out at Kinloch and the other near the aerodrome where we’ll tell the story of the Glenorchy Road.

The very first ‘turning of the sod’ took place at that site in March 1956 and six years later at the Glenorchy Centennial, the road opened for the first time in November 1962.

The Community Grant has allowed us to have historic panels printed and to pay for help in creating the outposts themselves (which will be made from local salvaged historic materials). We’re excited to be bringing GY’s history back to the community and our visitors in a new way.


Photo: Tom Bryant, who owned Kinloch, turning the first sod for the Glenorchy Road March 1956. Below, Norrie Groves beginning the Glenorchy Road.

Community Grants 2019

10 March 2019 – The Glenorchy Community Trust, is proud to announced the second round of grant funding to support worthy community projects and individuals.

The Trust’s vision is that residents of Glenorchy live in a healthy, regenerative partnership with the natural environment, reflecting the community’s self-reliant, diverse, welcoming and innovative character.

The successful applicants are:

  • Glenorchy School – Gymnastics Group
  • Glenorchy Medical Clinic
  • Glenorchy Community Website
  • Sigourney Kelly (in support of post grad degree in nursing)

The next round of grant applications are to be submitted by 11 October 2019 and the successful candidates will be announced on the week commencing 28 October 2019.

Click here to find out more about applying for a grant.

Glenorchy Play Group

Glenorchy Play Group were among the inaugural successful grant applicants and have been grateful for the funding provided by the Glenorchy Community Trust.

This financial support will assist in the on-going development of the Play Group, which aim is to provide under five-year-olds with a safe place of education and play as well as network for young families to connect.

Glenorchy Community Trust Announces Inaugural Grant Recipients

GLENORCHY, NEW ZEALAND, 28 November 2018 – The Glenorchy Community Trust, a locally-administered charitable organisation supporting vibrancy and resilience of the community at the head of Lake Wakatipu, today announced the outcome of their inaugural grant funding round.

Directed by a small group of dedicated Trustees, the Glenorchy Community Trust met to assess grant applications and make its first distribution of funds to projects that align with the Trust mission and goals. The Trust’s vision is that residents of Glenorchy live in a healthy, regenerative partnership with the natural environment, reflecting the community’s self-reliant, diverse, welcoming and innovative character.

“We were excited by the quality of the applications and the way they matched the purposes of the Trust. The Trust approved four grants totalling $10,500 to support great work in our small community,” said Glenorchy Community Trust Chair, Paul Ferris.

The successful applicants were:

  • Glenorchy Playgroup
  • Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust
  • Glenorchy Heritage and Museum Group
  • James Glover (in support of Outward Bound participation)

The Trustees recognised the generosity of the benefactors of the Trust (Paul and Debbi Brainerd) and their commitment to the community. “As Camp Glenorchy, and The Headwaters, grows its business the Trust will continue to seek ways that build our community and support those living in it,” Mr Ferris added.

The Glenorchy Trust website will have stories and photos uploaded before Christmas to show the work being done by the Trust, and encourages the wider Glenorchy Community to continue to look for opportunities where the Trust can be a party to an important project. Grant applications will be viewed three times a year and the next round of applications are invited to be submitted by 27 February 2019.