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More than $50,000 in grants have been approved by three of Central Otago’s community boards and range from funding for highly visible projects to more behind-the-scenes costs.

The bulk of that comes from Vincent Community Board, which approved more than $30,000 in community and promotions grants at a meeting earlier this month.

Central Otago District Council (CODC) community development adviser Rebecca Williams said annually, there was $120,000 to distribute in the Vincent community grants scheme and $41,750 to distribute in the promotions grants scheme.

One community grant application was received in the present round requesting a total of $5000 from $5860 to distribute.

That application, from the Galloway and Springvale Hall Society for the replacement of entrance doors, insulation upgrade and new bore pump at the Galloway Hall was approved in full by the board.

All applications were for events in the 2022-23 financial year but were able to be committed to in the 2021-22 financial year.

There was $35,250 to distribute in 2021-22 and $6250 left to distribute for 2022-23.

Based on CODC staff assessments the board approved $3000 for the Central Otago A&P Association. The association had applied for $7500.

Historic Clyde had $20,000 approved for the commission of its 5.5m-high sculpture of a karearea, or New Zealand native falcon.

A total of $3130 was granted to Badlands/Neil Gellatly for signage on cycle trails he has been constructing for public use on 14ha of his 18ha property off Butchers Point Rd. Mr Gellatly’s application was for $4930.

Last week, grants totalling more than $20,000 from two applications were approved by the Cromwell Community Board.

At a meeting in Cromwell on May 9 board members considered two promotions grant applications in the present funding round requesting $23,613.

The larger of the two applications, from the Cromwell and Districts Promotions Group for $21,373, was earmarked for contractors, advertising and operational costs.

The second application, for $2240 from the Cromwell and Districts Community Arts Trust, was for its Chamber Music Series and centred on advertising and promotions plus sound and light for four chamber music concerts planned for this year.

A report by Central Otago District Council media and marketing manager Alison Mason said there was $26,949 to distribute in the 2021-22 year and $106,219 left to distribute for 2022-23.

Any grants approved through the funding round committing 2022-23 funds needed to be subject to the adoption of the 2022-23 annual plan, her report said.

Last Thursday, the Maniototo Community Board approved $711.57 in the form of a promotions grant to Rural Art Deco Maniototo to print 5000 brochures for the Ranfurly Art Deco Museum and Town Walk.

That funding came from a pot of $5000 to distribute in the 2021-22 financial year.