A grant of $10,000 for the Dunstan Arm Rowing Club has been welcomed by head coach Simon Smith, who says it is absolutely fantastic.

The grant was one of 57 grants totalling more than $960,000 announced by the Otago Community Trust on Tuesday.

Mr Smith said the rowing club would put the money towards a new double scull to replace a 30-yearold boat.

‘‘It’s going to be huge for the kids,’’ he said.

‘‘We are highly appreciative of the grant.

‘‘We are a club that’s completely run on volunteers and trying to compete with clubs that have million-dollar gear and coach budgets.’’

Alexandra Bowling Club club manager Paul Jerrom said an $8000 grant for the club was appreciated but still left ashortfall for painting that would need to be completed by the end of January.

The club is hosting the Bowls New Zealand National Fours and Mixed Pairs in February so wanted to spruce up its building before then.

‘‘It is a huge event which will receive widespread media coverage so we want the clubrooms to look their best,’’ he said.

‘‘The $8000 kindly donated by the OCT we hope will cover painting the most urgent area — the roof.

‘‘There is a significant shortfall for the remainder of the project, so we are keen to secure additional support to finish it.’’

Other grants in Central Otago went to — Central Otago Regional Orchestra, $3800; Central Otago Friendship Network, $3500; Central Otago Compassionate Friends, $2500; Alpine Community Development Trust, $20,000; Aspiring Gymsports, $15,000; Wheels at Wanaka Charitable Trust, $10,000; Montessori Children’s House Wanaka Trust, $5000; and Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club, $1780.