Community funds

Supporting local projects near our assets

Meridian’s community funds support local projects in the areas near our generation assets. It’s one way we can recognise the importance of local communities to our hydro and wind operations.

Can you apply for funding?

Yes, if you live near one of our generation assets. These areas include:

  • Te Āpiti fund – Ashhurst and Woodville
  • Waitaki fund – Aoraki Mount Cook to Waitaki Bridge, including Twizel, Omarama, Otematata, Kurow, Hakataramea, Duntroon, Ikawai, Papakaio and Glenavy
  • Manapōuri fund – Te Anau, Manapōuri, Clifden and Tuatapere
  • White Hill fund – Mossburn, Dipton and Lumsden
  • West Wind fund – Makara, South Makara, Makara Beach and Takarau Gorge
  • Te Uku fund – Raglan, Te Mata, Waitetuna and Te Uku
  • Mill Creek fund – Ohariu Valley and North Makara

When can you apply?

We hold one or two funding rounds each year to decide which projects we’ll support. We'll review your application during our funding rounds, following which we'll contact applicants to let them know the outcome.

How is funding allocated?

We review funding requests against the fund's objectives and a set of selection criteria to help us decide if the project supports sustainable community development. It's important to Meridian that community members help decide which projects we fund. Our funding panels are made up of a mix of Meridian staff and nominated community representatives.

If you have any questions, phone 03 357 9732 or send us an email.

Communications toolkit

Communicating to others about your project helps increase local support for it, and can help to generate additional funds and media coverage. It also gives other groups an opportunity to learn about you.

Our Community Fund Communications Toolkit (PDF 572KB) will assist you in creating and improving your project communications.

For Meridian’s Visual Identity Guidelines or high-resolution logo, please email

thanks meridianThe Ashhurst Pohangina Junior Football Club received funding for new equipment.


kayakThe Southland Canoe Club received funding for the region’s first white-water kayak slalom course on the Waiau River.


The Fiordland Community house received new heat pumps thanks to the Manapōuri Te Anau community fund.