Powerco Community Fund

We're proud to be part of the communities we serve and we’re committed to supporting projects and initiatives across our network that are meaningful to our customers, and make a positive difference to their lives.

That’s why our Fund provides support up to $5,000 for one-off projects that are focused on connecting communities.

The details

Applications open Wednesday 17 July 2024  and must be in by Sunday 11 August 2024.

You can apply for up to $5,000, which will be a one-off commitment from Powerco.

To qualify for this year’s funding round, your project must be delivered between 1 September 2024 and 1 July 2025.

Check our Powerco Community Fund guidelines for more information on whether your project qualifies for support.

Then complete the application form.  If you have any questions, please email sponsorship@powerco.co.nz.

If your application is successful, you’ll hear from us between 26 August and 6 September 2024

Funds will then be paid out on 20 September 2024 (so long as we’ve received all relevant paperwork from you by 15 September 2024). 


Tangata Marae - skills sharing workshops

“The funding had a positive impact on our whānau, hapū and iwi by contributing to our wānanga. The wānanga allowed for sharing of skills, such as karanga and whaikorero, and transmission of cultural knowledge and tikanga while bringing our community together, fostering a sense of belonging and unity.”

Manchester House Social Services

“I have been regularly attending the low impact classes at the Feilding Senior Hub for many years now. I absolutely love the camaraderie and being a part of something. The new bikes are far better on my knees and hips and I am finding the strength in my lower legs is finally increasing. The circulation boosters are also fantastic to keep the blood flow in my legs and I have gained feeling back in my feet.”


Te Aroha – Day at the Domain

A Day at the Domain is a fun and affordable family day out in the beautiful Te Aroha Hot Springs Domain. With free entry and entertainment throughout the day, local crafters and artisans, coffee, food trucks, there is something to delight the young and old and everyone in between. 


Sustainable Backyards events – Western Bay of Plenty

Sustainable Backyards is a series of events that were delivered during the month of March across the Bay of Plenty, with events ranging from beach clean-ups, movie nights and workshops.


Digital seniors

Digital Seniors, who provide free technical support to upskill and empower seniors,  have used the Powerco Community Fund to help establish rural hubs in Wairarapa, expanding their reach to isolated seniors who currently lack access to their services. As the world increasingly becomes more digitised, improved digital capability can lead to greater independence and improved access to services and social activity. 



From speakers to performers and workshops to book signings, the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival has something for everyone. Bringing people together over a shared love of books and stories, the festival connects readers to authors and storywriters to storytellers. More than a series of literary events, festival organisers hope to get more people reading, writing and telling their stories to build community and connection, which is a sentiment we can really get behind.


Knitting for cool kids

This keen group of knitters create beanies, slippers, scarves and mitten for new entrant pupils at low decile schools throughout Taranaki, to help keep tamariki warm during winter. 


The Old Library, Omokoroa

The old library is a volunteer-run, community-led project providing a place for creative display and social connection.

Our funding enabled them to upgrade their heating system to ensure the community groups utilising the space would be comfortable year round.