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Power Up Community Fund

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Empowering communities in our backyard

No one experiences our generation assets like the people who live, work, and learn with our hydro stations and wind farms in their backyards.

We value the communities that surround our generation assets and it’s important to us that they feel included as part of our Meridian whānau. For the past 14 years, we’ve been proud to work with and empower community groups and projects through our Power Up Community Fund. And each year, we continue to put our support where it’s needed with the help of our local Power Up panels.

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Is my project eligible?

If you live in a community near one of our generation assets then you can apply for funding. Your application must meet the Power Up Community Fund objectives and selection criteria below.

Fund objectives

Your project must meet at least one of following: 

  • promote environmental awareness and programmes that sustain and improve the quality of the environment in the community
  • contribute to the sustainability of non-profit organisations or volunteer services
  • promote life-long learning opportunities for all
  • foster the development of opportunities for sporting, social and recreational activities
  • promote quality healthcare.

Selection criteria

Your proposal must clearly outline what the outcomes and benefits of your project will be, and how your project will: 

  • contribute directly to the community
  • generate benefits that do not currently exist
  • contribute long-term solutions to issues
  • foster the development of skills and capacity
  • demonstrate the ability to make effective use of the funds
  • have performance measures that focus on outcomes
  • provide promotional opportunities
  • use the fund to attract additional funding for the project
  • demonstrate a sustainable future for the project beyond the support of the fund.

Map of Power Up communities

Applying for funding

Find your region below for more information and to apply online. We’ll review each application during our funding rounds, then we’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome. 

 

  • Te Uku

    Te Uku Waikato Community Fund

    The Te Uku Waikato Community Fund provides grants for projects in Raglan, Te Mata, Waitetuna and Te Uku that support sustainable community development.

  • Te Apiti

    Te Āpiti Manawatu

    The Te Āpiti Community Fund provides grants for projects in Ashhurst and Woodville that support sustainable community development.

  • West Wind

    West Wind Wellington

    The West Wind Community Fund provides grants for projects in Mākara, South Mākara, Mākara Beach and Takarau Gorge that support sustainable community development.

  • Mill Creek

    Mill Creek Wellington

    The Mill Creek Community Fund provides grants for projects in Ohariu Valley and North Mākara that support sustainable community development.

  • Waitaki

    Waitaki Canterbury

    The Waitaki Community Fund provides grants for projects from Aoraki Mount Cook to Waitaki Bridge that support sustainable community development. This includes Twizel, Omarama, Otematata, Kurow, Hakataramea, Duntroon, Ikawai, Papakaio and Glenavy.

  • White hill

    White Hill Southland

    The White Hill Community Fund provides grants for projects in Mossburn, Dipton and Lumsden that support sustainable community development.

  • Manapouri

    Manapōuri Southland

    The Manapōuri Community Fund provides grants for projects in Te Anau, Manapōuri, Clifden and Tuatapere that support sustainable community development.