25 February 2012

Trust allocates over $40 million to projects

The Trust published a report in the Christchurch Press at the end of February to provide an update on the $40 million allocated to date to recovery projects. You can see the full spread with pictures by clicking here (.pdf) 365KB

Christchurch Press update February 2012

This update from the Trustees of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust is especially exciting as it shows the range of projects we have funded, and the amount we have allocated to projects focussed on rebuilding the city and supporting its communities.

We have allocated over $40 million dollars to projects ranging from the Christmas support we provided to various groups offering food packages to support families over the holiday period to a substantial investment in the rebuild of the Arts Centre.

The Appeal was established to complement emergency support provided by other groups and by the Government, and I think we have found our niche with the projects we have funded.

We are also interested in working in partnership with groups and organisations based in Christchurch – hence our link with Vodafone for the Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund. Already 48 projects have had support from this fund and another funding round will open this year.

Our goal is to distribute most of the funds over this year so more and more projects will be getting off the ground with support from the Trust.

Finally I would like to say a word of thanks to our generous donors. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to help make a difference in Christchurch.

If you would like to know more about the Trust, the work we do and the projects we fund visit the fund allocations section of this webiste

Dr Rod Carr, on behalf of the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal Trustees and Advisory Board.

How are we helping?

The information below shows the total allocated in each category as at Friday February 17, and some examples of the types of projects funded.

Education - $2,640,715                                                                       

  • After-school hubs and holiday programme in the eastern suburbs
  • Assistance with school uniforms
  • Recreation Hubs at site-sharing schools                  
  • School productions in the eastern suburbs
  • Sports programmes in eastern suburb schools       
  • Study centres at secondary schools
  • Video-conferencing in secondary schools                                                                                        
  • Youth camps and community centres 

Hardship - $4,657,356     

  • Christmas support package
  • Small grants for children of the deceased and severely injured       
  • St John emergency equipment                                              
  • Financial advice programme for red-zone residents            
  • Mentoring and counselling programmes
  • Resources and support for depression and anxiety
  • Women’s Refuges                                                                 

Spiritual and Faith - $110,000           

  • Cardboard Cathedral feasibility study
  • Community services coordinator in eastern suburbs                                   

Sport and Recreation - $9,151,302                                                                                   

  • Community sports coordinators
  • Restoration of cricket fields
  • Repairs for tennis, rugby league, bowling and athletics clubs
  • Kaiapoi BMX track repairs
  • Pools in Schoolz        
  • Restoration of parks and recreation spaces
  • Replacement sports equipment for softball and surf lifesaving        
  • Temporary Sports Stadium in Addington                                                                                     

Economic Revitalisation - $4,480,000                                                                                           

  • Re:START the Heart City Mall
  • Support for ethnic business recovery                                    
  • Westpac Business and Community Hub                         

Heritage and Culture - $19,416,728                                   

  • Temporary dance premises
  • Canterbury Repertory Theatre
  • Christchurch Arts Centre 
  • Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
  • Isaac Theatre Royal
  • Loons Theatre in Lyttleton
  • Replacement musical instruments and a new music rehearsal space
  • The Court Theatre                                                            


$2.5 million is available in this category and will be allocated once needs and opportunities are clearer