The Otago Rural Support Trust has received a boost to the tune of $40,000 thanks to Central Otago and Maniototo farmers who took part in the Winter Feed Crop Challenge.

The Otago Rural Support Trust is part of a national network of 14 such trusts assisting rural individuals and communities through events such as drought, legislation changes, farm succession, extreme weather and other adverse events.

The trust was presented with the donation in Omakau last month.

Poolburn and Omakau Primary Schools were also each given $20,000.

The donations were a result of the fourth annual Winter Feed Crop Challenge award and auction night held in June fundraiser for the schools as well as their organisation of choice.

Otago Rural Support Trust co-ordinator Lindsay Purvis said the funds raised would enable it to support those who were struggling.

Farmers and rural communities were under a lot of pressure at present which was compounding, Mr Purvis said.