Apply to the CommunityCare Fund

The Transpower CommunityCare Fund assists those communities affected by Transpower assets and projects by investing in community-based projects that add real value and benefit to the community as a whole.

The fund makes one-off grants between $5,000 and $50,000 for projects in communities along the existing National Grid route, as well as communities affected by new Transpower projects.

In addition to applications from communities affected by existing overhead transmission assets Transpower allocates CommunityCare funding in relation to new projects. We are currently seeking applications for projects in communities affected by the Bunnythorpe to Haywards Conductor Replacement Project.

Expressions of Interest for the January 2020 round close 31 October 2019.

How to apply for funding

Funding applications are reviewed twice yearly by the CommunityCare funding panel.  In order to apply you must:

  • submit an Expression of Interest using our webform by 31 October (for the summer funding round) or 30 April for the (winter funding round) 
  • if invited to do so, you will submit a Final Application form using a link sent to you. Final applications must be submit by 31 January (for the summer funding round) or 31 July (for the winter funding round)

Who can apply for funding?

Any independent, local, non-profit organisation or community group, non-government organisation, charity, school or educational institution, iwi or regional or district council can apply.

The fund is available to all regions throughout New Zealand affected by Transpower assets. 

You now can check where your community is in relation to our assets with our new interactive map.

The CommunityCare Fund will consider funding for:

  • projects in communities in close proximity to the grid and who are affected by Transpower assets (typically communities no greater than 5 km away from our overhead lines)
  • one-off projects between $5,000-$50,000
  • lasting projects that benefit the wider community
  • projects that have a high level of community involvement and participation
  • committed projects that have already raised some funds from other sources

The CommunityCare Fund will not consider funding for:

  • administrative, operational or ongoing costs, for example, salaries, rent or event/programme costs
  • individuals, political organisations or other foundations that make grants
  • projects generally funded by the government
  • projects that have already been completed
  • projects that compromise Transpower's policies for managing the National Grid

Please refer to the application guidelines below to get a better feel for what our Panel will be looking for in your application - we have recently added some further criteria to ensure outcomes that reflect our strategy.

What about GST?

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

  • If you are a non-registered GST organisation then you should ensure that the amount you apply for includes the GST needed to pay the costs of goods and services related to your project that you expect to pay.
  • 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.  However, on a separate line, the GST that will be incurred against the total application should be detailed.

Further information

If you have any queries please contact us:


GST Questions and Answers [ pdf 144.05 KB ]