CommunityCare Fund

Our CommunityCare Fund assists communities affected by Transpower's overhead lines and substations by investing in their local projects that add real value and long-term benefits to those communities.

Twice a year we make one-off grants up to the value of $15,000 towards community-based projects where the beneficiaries of those projects are located near our lines. This includes grants in the areas around New Zealand where we are carrying out major maintenance work on our assets as well as any new National Grid assets.

Expressions of interest for our Winter Funding Round are now closed. The Summer Funding Round will open on 1 October 2024.

How to apply:

Applying for a CommunityCare Fund grant is a two-stage process.

  • Stage One: Submit an Expression of Interest 
  • Stage Two: You may then be invited to submit a full application. A link will be sent to you directly with instructions at this stage.
    • Deadlines: Winter funding round – closes 11:59pm on 31 July | Summer funding round – closes 11:59pm on 31 January 
    • Full applications are then reviewed by the CommunityCare Fund Panel. Download the CommunityCare Fund Application Guide. The panel meets in March to determine the summer round recipients and in September for the winter round. Successful applicants are notified shortly after each meeting.

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Eligibility criteria

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • organisations or community groups that are independent, local and non-profit
  • non-government organisations
  • charities
  • kōhanga reo, schools, and educational institutions
  • iwi and hapū
  • local and regional councils, although an application received from the community is strongly encouraged.


The CommunityCare Fund will consider funding for:

  • projects in communities within 2km of our overhead lines or other assets and who are affected by our assets (use this map to check the distance from your project)
  • one-off projects seeking a grant up to the value of $15,000
  • lasting projects that have wider-reaching benefits to the community
  • projects with a high level of community involvement and participation
  • committed projects with funds already raised from other sources and the CommunityCare Fund grant will complete the funds required


The CommunityCare Fund will not consider funding for:

  • events
  • projects that require funds above what is requested from the CommunityCare Fund, where there is no clear path to obtain remaining funds
  • programmes or operational costs (e.g. salaries, administration costs, training, volunteer support, equipment hire, rent, bills, paying a project manager)
  • individuals, political organisations, or other foundations who make grants
  • projects generally funded by the government
  • projects that have already been completed
  • projects that may compromise Transpower's policies for managing the National Grid (e.g. a proposal to build too close or under our transmission lines)
  • organisations who have received a CommunityCare Fund grant in the last two years.

For more information:

If you have any queries, please contact us:

Phone: 04 590 7005

Email: [email protected]

Expression of Interest Winter Round 2024

CommunityCare Fund GST FAQ

CommunityCare Fund Expression of Interest Guide 

CommunityCare Fund Full Application Guide

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