Community groups from Rotorua and the surrounding area have received more than $308,000 in grants from The Southern Trust in the first quarter of 2018.

The funding is from the $2,574,485 that the trust allocated for community groups from Northland to Southland to support their programmes.

Trust figures showed 333 community groups received grants between January 1 2018 and March 31 2018.

The Southern Trust chief executive officer and trustee Karen Shea said they were pleased to assist community organisations the length and breadth of the country.

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Community organisations throughout New Zealand can apply for funding, with the trust continually reviewing applications and most processed within 20 working days.

Requests larger than $30,000 are reviewed at the monthly Board of Trustees meetings.

Shea said community organisations considering applying for funding should first call The Southern Trust funding team on 0800 4 CHARITY (0800 424274).

"Our team can easily advise on application criteria, which can save organisations a lot of time," she said.

Distributions to Rotorua Community Groups or those Providing Services in Rotorua:

Alzheimers Society Rotorua Inc 10,000.00

Bay of Plenty Area Pony Club Inc 1,500.00

Bay of Plenty Indoor Bowls Centre Inc 3,760.00

Deaf Aotearoa Holdings Ltd 1,000.00

Kawaha Point Primary School 10,000.00

Mokoia Intermediate School 10,000.00

Heart Foundation NZ 22,000.00

New Zealand Walking Association Inc 8,000.00

Parent To Parent NZ INC 2,200.00

Rotorua Bike Festival Charitable Trust 15,000.00

Rotorua Boys' High School 20,000.00

Rotorua Competition Society Inc 20,000.00

Rotorua District Riding for the Disabled Association Inc 10,000.00

Rotorua Gospel Broadcasting Charitable Trust 4,950.00

Rotorua Womens Evergreens Softball 1,000.00

Te Waiariki Purea Trust 9,600.00

Bay of Plenty Music School New Plymouth 1,100.00

Cancer Society of New Zealand - Waikato/BOP Division 2,900.00

Canteen Rotorua 5,000.00

Eastlake Junior Soccer Club 10,000.00

Hamilton Volunteer Operational Support 6,000.00

Kahukura Rugby & Sports Club Inc 3,000.00

Kaitao Intermediate School 30,000.00

Lake Rerewhakaaitu School 4,300.00

NZ Continence Association Inc 1,500.00

Ngakuru School 5,820.00

Rotorua Cricket Association Inc 14,000.00

Rotorua District Presbyterian Church 15,000.00

Rotorua Rod and Gun Club Inc 10,000.00

Special Olympics Rotorua 7,500.00

Sulphur City Steam Rollers 10,000.00

Tarimano Kohanga Reo 3,000.00

Te Koutu E141 Trust 7,800.00

Womens Refuge Waiariki 20,000.00

Young Mariners of New Zealand 2,980.00

308,910.00