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SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust funding round open

10 Jun 2013

Community groups in the Queenstown Lakes District are encouraged to apply for funding from the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust, with the 2013 funding round now open.

The Trust, which supports groups and events that benefit and contribute to the community spirit of the Queenstown region, distributed $96,250.82 to 45 deserving groups last year ranging from cricket clubs to play centres.  

Since 2002, the Trust has distributed more than $1 million to 330 local groups in the region.

Trust Chair Clark Pirie says the funding call is open to community groups operating in the Queenstown Lakes District with projects or initiatives fitting the funding criteria.

“The Trustees look carefully at each grant application to make sure the funds are put to the best possible use for the benefit of the local community.”

“The overall purpose of the grant is to support the quality of life in the Queenstown region through community projects that focus on arts, culture, improving the well-being of families, community care or counselling services,” says Mr Pirie.

SKYCITY Queenstown General Manager Michelle Baillie says SKYCITY Queenstown is proud to have been a contributing member of the community through the Trust and various sponsorships of events for a number of years.
“We operate in such a beautiful region of New Zealand and consider it a privilege to be able to support so many fantastic organisations and events that benefit the wider Queenstown community,” she says.
Funding applications can be completed online and are open until Friday 26 July. To find out more information about who can apply and how, visit:

SKYCITY Entertainment Group also has two other Community Trusts in Auckland and Hamilton which, along with SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, have contributed more than $34 million to community organisations since 1996.

For more information please contact:

Kelly Armitage
Senior Communications Advisor
SKYCITY Entertainment Group
DDI: 09 363 6084
Mob:  64 27 213 5625

Sector Community Trust