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Decarbonisation Community Fund

Looking to reduce carbon emissions within your community?

We’re taking our role in helping Aotearoa reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 seriously. We want to accelerate decarbonisation across the nation and want to help others do the same. We’re proud to introduce our Decarbonisation Community Fund – specifically set up to help community groups across Aotearoa reduce their carbon emissions.

We realise that prioritising decarbonisation is hard for community groups. But we also know that sustainability is a focus for more and more organisations every day. Whether it's by helping upgrade your community cars to electric vehicles or installing solar panels to generate renewable energy, Meridian wants to help you achieve a brighter and more sustainable future.

Decarbonisation Fund projects

To give you an example of what we’ll fund or partially fund, we’ve started with a couple of projects that sit near and dear to our hearts.

KidsCan is going electric

KidsCan are installing an EV charging station and replacing two of their fleet vehicles with electric vehicles.

Is my project eligible?

To be eligible for funding, a decarbonisation community-based project will need to:

  • be an electrification project (ie converting something to the use of electricity) or lead to the creation of new renewable generation; and
  • be a project that either wouldn’t have otherwise occurred without this funding or a project that will occur sooner than it otherwise would have with this funding; and
  • result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • contribute directly to communities across Aotearoa.

Key selection criteria includes:

  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the community and for wider Aotearoa.
  • creates benefits that do not currently exist
  • delivering long-term solutions to issues (environmental, social, etc.)
  • demonstrating the ability to make effective use of the funds
  • having strong performance measures and robust governance structures in place that focus on outcomes
  • using the Decarbonisation Community Fund to attract additional funding for projects that will have an even greater positive impact
  • establishing a sustainable legacy for the project beyond the support of the Decarbonisation Community Fund
  • provide opportunities to promote and demonstrate what the Decarbonisation Community Fund can achieve.

Applications are now open

The call for applications for the Decarbonisation Community Fund is open now. The submission deadline is 4 September 2022. If you meet the eligibility criteria you can apply online for funding.

If you have any questions, phone 04 803 2507 or send us an email. Apply online now.