30th October 2012

Fund donates another $1 million to Canterbury communities

Voda & CEAT 50 50.jpgCycling tracks for young Cantabrians, rebuilding ropes courses and funding counselling services are amongst the many Canterbury community and youth facilities that have today received more than $1.1 million in grants from the Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund.

66 community groups successfully applied for support from the $4 million joint initiative between the Vodafone Foundation and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust. The fund was established last year to help rebuild Christchurch communities, places and services.

To see the list of projects jointly funded by the Trust and the Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund, click here.

Te Ora Hou Otautahi General Manager says the Fund grant will be a real boost both to his organisation and other community agencies.

“A new facility will not only assist the delivery of our programmes, but we can make space available for a number of other smaller agencies as well so this grant has some real ripple effects in servicing youth in our communities,” he said.

Canterbury Secondary School Mountain Bike Club spokesperson, Andrea Murray, says her organisation was delighted to find in the Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund an organisation that shares its passion for positivity and change.

“The pump tracks that are being funded with our grant will help young people stay active in their communities. We want to make a difference and it is great to have support for that vision from the Fund,” she said.

Vodafone CEO Russell Stanners says he is delighted such a wide range of community organisations have been supported in the 2012 allocation.

“We are continuing in our quest to make a difference to as many people as possible, with a particular focus on youth. These grants will have a positive impact on thousands of Cantabrians, from helping to rebuild the Redcliffs’ Public Library, to the establishment of a creative outlet for young people through a focussed youth “gap filler” programme to counselling services for young people coping with the effects of the earthquakes. This round of funding has been announced at a time when the projects funded in the 2011 funding round are coming to fruition and starting to have a real impact in their target communities.”

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trustee, Dr Rod Carr agrees: “Canterbury's recovery depends as much on supporting people as it does on rebuilding facilities and infrastructure. Trustees are pleased that many grassroots organisations are recipients of the 2012 Canterbury Fund, including a large number that support Canterbury youth."

The Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund received nearly 300 applications for grants in the 2012 round. Successful recipients have received grants between $5,000 and $50,000.

The inaugural grants awarded in 2011 delivered $1 million to a wide range of community projects and services.

About the Fund

The Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund was established as a joint initiative between the Vodafone Foundation and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to respond to quake related need. The fund offers grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations with a particular focus on youth and/or small capital/infrastructure projects.

Vodafone Foundation donated $2 million to the fund and this was matched by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, bringing the total balance of the Canterbury Fund to $4 million.  For information on future funding rounds please see the Vodafone Foundation website.


To read the statement by Internal Affairs Minister Hon Chris Tremain, click here.


54 projects jointly funded by the Trust and the Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund:

  1. Aranui Eagles Rugby League Club
  2. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch
  3. Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Canterbury
  4. Canterbury Museum Trust Board
  5. Canterbury Paddling Club
  6. Canterbury Secondary School Mountain Bike Club
  7. Canterbury Society Of Arts Charitable Trust (CSA)
  8. Cashmere Primary School
  9. Catapult Employment Services Trust
  10. CCS Disability Action Canterbury & West Coast Incorporated
  11. Child Cancer Foundation
  12. Christchurch Guild of Weavers and Spinners Inc.
  13. CPIT
  14. Crichton Cobbers Youth and Community Club Inc.
  15. Crossfire Trust
  16. Ferrymead Sumner Mens Probus Club
  17. Freeville School
  18. Gap Filler Trust


  1. Glenelg Childrens Health Camp
  2. Halswell Drama Group Inc.
  3. Jox Blue Blades Rowing Society Inc.
  4. Kahikatea Adventure Education Trust
  5. La Vida Youth Trust
  6. New Brighton Community Gardens Trust
  7. New Brighton Project Inc.
  8. New Brighton Silver Band
  9. Ngati Tuwharetoa KI Otautahi Charitable Trust
  10. North Beach Community Childcare Centre Inc.
  11. North Canterbury Sport and Recreation Trust
  12. OSCAR Network in Christchurch Inc.
  13. Oterepo Te Kohanga Reo
  14. Oxford Community Trust
  15. Petersgate Trust
  16. Phillipstown Community Centre Charitable Trust
  17. Pioneer Basketball Club Inc.
  18. Qtopia Inc.
  1. Redcliffs Primary School
  2. Redcliffs Public Library Inc.
  3. Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
  4. Scouting New Zealand, Mount Pleasant Sea Scout Group
  5. Seabrook McKenzie Trust for Specific Learning Disabilities
  6. South City Youth Trust
  7. St George's/Iona Presbyterian Parish
  8. St Michael and All Angels Parish Trust
  9. Sumner Bays Union Trust
  10. Sumner Surf Life Saving Club Inc.
  11. Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust
  12. Te Ora Hou Otautahi
  13. Te Waka Huruhuumanu ki Otautahi
  14. The JUST YOUTH
  15. The New Zealand Science and Technology Charitable Trust
  16. There's a Better Way
  17. Youthline Central South Island
  18. Youthtown Inc.