Apply to the CommunityCare Fund

Changes to the CommunityCare Fund from 1 November 2021:

To focus our grants programme on communities most affected by our assets, we are making a few changes to our CommunityCare Fund. From 1 November 2021:

  • community projects within 2km of our assets will be eligible, and the maximum grant that can be applied for will be $15,000
  • Expressions of Interest can be submitted during the months of April and October each year. The application closing dates and panel evaluation dates will remain the same.

The existing funding criteria below (i.e. projects within 5km and grants up to $50,000) still apply to all Expressions of Interest submitted by 11:59pm on 31 October 2021. 


Our CommunityCare Fund assists communities affected by Transpower's overhead lines and substations by investing in their local projects which add real value and benefit to those communities.

Twice a year, we make one-off grants between $5,000 and $50,000 to community projects where the beneficiaries are located near our assets. This includes grants in the areas where we are carrying out major maintenance on our assets and any new national grid assets.  

How to apply

To apply, you will need to:

  • review your proposed project against the funding criteria below  
  • read the guide to completing the Expression of Interest webform (this link opens in a new window)
  • submit an Expression of Interest using our webform by 11:59pm 31 October for the Summer funding round, or during the month of April for the Winter funding round 
  • if invited to do so, submit a Full Application using the link sent to you. The information you provide in your Expression of Interest is automatically added to the information you provide in your Full Application. Full Applications are due by 11:59pm 31 January for the Summer funding round, or 11:59pm 31 July for the Winter funding round.

These dates are the same each year.

A more detailed CommunityCare Fund application guide is available in the PDF at the bottom of this page. 

When are Full Applications decided?

Full Applications are evaluated by an independent panel. The panel meet in March for the Summer funding round, and in September for the Winter funding round. Applicants are notified either way shortly after. 

Who can apply for funding?

We recommend reviewing all bullet points in this section.

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • organisations or community groups who 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 for the project is strongly encouraged.

The CommunityCare Fund will consider funding for:

  • projects in communities within 5 km of our overhead lines and substations and who are affected by our assets. You can check your project's location in relation to our assets with our interactive map (opens in a new window) or simply contact us on the details further below and we can advise 
  • one-off projects seeking a grant between $5,000 - $50,000
  • 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.

The CommunityCare Fund will not consider funding for:

  • events or programmes
  • administrative, operational or ongoing costs (e.g. salaries, training costs, project management, rent, maintenance)
  • 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
  • organisations who have received a CommunityCare Fund grant in the last four years.

How does GST work?

It is important to remember the treatment of GST in your grant application relates to your organisation's GST status. 

  • If you are a non-registered GST organisation, then you should ensure that the grant amount you apply for includes the GST needed to pay the costs of goods and services related to your project 
  • If you are a GST registered organisation, then you should ensure that the amount you apply for excludes GST on the goods and services needed for your project. On a separate line in the application form, note the GST amount that will be incurred - we will pay your organisation the grant amount you seek plus the GST that will be incurred, if your application is successful.

For more information, please refer to the GST document attached below. 

Further information

If you have any queries please contact us:


GST Questions and Answers [ pdf 144.05 KB ]