CommunityCare Fund: funding announcements

Winter 2022 funding round

Expressions of Interest for the Winter 2022 round can be submitted during the month of April 2022. A link to the webform will be available here on 1 April 2022.

Summer 2022 funding round

In March, the Transpower CommunityCare Fund panel selected 19 community projects across the country to receive a grant in the Summer 2022 funding round. The successful projects are listed below and were selected from the 73 Full Applications received. 

The $414,714 in grants includes $86,714 towards 7 community projects in the Clutha and Upper Waitaki areas as part of our transmission line upgrade works currently taking place in this area, $20,000 towards a community project in Bombay as part of our current substation work and $8,000 towards a school project in Hunua as part of our current transmission line upgrade work in this area. 

Organisation

Project 

Council  Area

Amount Granted

Description

Ruapehu Emergency Services Charitable Trust (RESCT)  Emergency Management Facility  Auckland  $50,000 There is currently no dedicated Search and Rescue (SAR) facility in the area, and the Central Plateau hosts the some of the most popular and accessible wilderness areas in the country. With the increasing demand on SAR services, a dedicated emergency management operational base is proposed in National Park Village, for the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation, Ruapehu LandSAR and Civil Defence Ruapehu. 
Murchison Area School  River Kayaks Tasmas $18,330 The school is the centre of the community, with 180 students from the wider area. The kayaks will be used for educating students and the community about the many nearby rivers which converge in Murchison. In addition to water safety, the kayaks provide a tool for leadership, confidence, self-esteem and self-efficacy, growing connections to the land, and developing a better understanding of the environment and our impact. A number of our transmission lines traverse this area.
Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa  Crescendo Studio Social Impact Hub  Auckland $40,000 Not all young people have access to the same resources and opportunities. The proposed social impact hub will be an all-inclusive community hub available to rangatahi aged 15-24, including a mentoring space that connects rangatahi through sound, nurtures creativity, provides skills and training with the aim of transitioning rangatahi into paid employment in the commercial studios. Our grant is towards technical equipment for the new studio space and will have wide-reaching and lasting benefits. 

NZ Remembrance Army Waitaki 

Livingstone Memorial refurbishment 

Waitaki 

$10,000

The grant be used to repair a memorial and erect a picture board of the soldiers from Livingstone who lost their lives in WW1. This is an important community memorial, and the community formally gather each year for ANZAC Day. The memorial is ~1km from our transmission lines. 

Mamaku School  Solar panels for community pool complex  Rotorua $42,305 The enclosed swimming pool facility will use solar panels for heating for the water including energy storage to run the complex. The proposal has significant support from the wider community. The school is ~400m from our transmission lines.  
Hunua School  Generator  Auckland $8,000 Hunua is an area which has experienced a number of power outages over the past year. This has disrupted learning, as water is supplied by pump and is an essential operational requirement for the school. The new generator will enable the school’s water systems to continue during any future power outages. The school is ~85m from our transmission lines. 
Maniototo Early Settlers Association  Climate controlled archive / visible collection store  Central Otago   $30,434 The organisation holds a local archive of material pertaining to the history of the Maniototo. The dedicated, secure climate-controlled museum collection store will include an interactive visitor display viewing window. The proposed page by page changing display and associated educational material will enhance the museum experience for current and future generations. 
Naseby Vision Incorporated Society  EV charging station Naseby  Central Otago   $25,000 The Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station will be in the centre of Naseby for residents and visitors to recharge their car and e-bike batteries. The charging station will support tourism in the area. The usage fee will offset running costs, and any excess revenue will fund community activities and facilities.  
Lepperton Primary School  Community pool changing sheds  New Plymouth  $40,000 The Trust works to strengthen and develop communities, including South Auckland. Set up during the first COVID-19 lockdown, the Ōtara Kai Village creates a space for wellness and connection for the community and operates as a hub including for preparing food parcels and meals for distribution. Our grant is towards further kitting out the Village space including bench space, tables, plants, seating, fencing and repairing the converted shipping containers used for storage and shelter
Duntroon School School library furniture  Waitaki   $5,471 Our grant is towards the addition and replacement of furniture for the school library to improve the learning space. The library is open the community and used weekly by the local playgroup. Duntroon School is working towards creating a functional and attractive library for local tamariki. 
Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust  Cultural and geological and signage across Waitaki   Waitaki   $15,809 ​Signage at twenty sites across the Waitaki District will be refreshed, including the Vanished World Trail signs, to identify and preserve the geological and cultural history stories in the area. This project will be in collaboration with a number of local stakeholders. 
Bombay Rugby Football Club   Building and facilities upgrade  Auckland   $20,00 The club building, part of the local War Memorial Hall, is used by the Bombay community including both senior and junior rugby, local schools, and the local bowling club. Our grant is towards exterior work and upgrading the interior ablutions and kitchen areas. The Club is ~180m from our transmission lines. 
Kaipara kiwi  Save the Kiwi Project  Auckland $26,800 The project will bring the community together to work towards an educational and environmentally beneficial project. Our grant will be used for trapping equipment and cameras. 
Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust  Plunket Taumarunui building repairs  Ruapehu $40,000 Our grant is towards planned repairs to the Taumarunui clinic (including exterior repair and paint, heating, flooring, and insulation) to provide a warm, dry, healthy environment for the many families in the region this clinic serves.  
Digital Future Aotearoa  Digital Technologies resource kete for Ōtautahi  Christchurch $9,565 This project introduces school students and kaiako to digital technologies via a co-delivered, hands-on model to promote confidence in using and understanding digital technologies.  Our grant is towards a lending library so kaiako have the best tools to empower our tamariki with skills they’ll need in the future.  
Wilton Playcentre  Acoustic sound control   Wellington $5,000 Operating in an old church, Wilton Playcentre is planning acoustic sound insulation to reduce the ambient noise levels for a more welcoming space. This includes the hearing impaired, children with English as a second language, and the neuro diverse. The venue is also used by the wider community including SPACE sessions and Wellington Multiples. The playcentre is ~350m from our transmission lines.  
Riverhead Community Courts Club Inc  Painting the historic Riverhead schoolhouse building  Auckland $15,000 Our grant is towards repainting the interior and exterior of the historic school building (~1903), which is owned by the community and managed by committed volunteers. It is currently unable to be used by the community due to necessary repair works. The building will return to being a community hub offering a space for a range of exercise and arts groups. It is located ~350m from our transmission lines. 
The Friendship House Trust  Storage facilities and equipment  Auckland $10,000

Storage facilities are required for the community centre to better serve the range of community groups who use the facility on a regular basis. Upgraded equipment is also needed for the creche / play area. ​The South Auckland centre plays an integral role in support services such as counselling, social work and living without violence programmes to encourage and challenge people towards personal growth and family and community wellbeing.

Rainbow Sports Club 

Tree planting in Nelson Lakes National Park 

Marlborough

$3,000

A small grant for trees to help offset their carbon footprint in nearby locations. Transpower has a number of transmission lines in this area.