CommunityCare Fund: funding announcements

Changes to the CommunityCare Fund from 1 November 2021:

To focus our grants programme on communities most affected by our assets, we are making a few changes to our CommunityCare Fund. From 1 November 2021:

  • community projects within 2km of our assets will be eligible, and the maximum grant that can be applied for will be $15,000
  • Expressions of Interest can be submitted during the months of April and October each year. The application closing dates and panel evaluation dates will remain the same.

The existing funding criteria below (i.e. projects within 5km and grants up to $50,000) still apply to all Expressions of Interest submitted by 11:59pm on 31 October 2021. 


Head over to Apply to the CommunityCare Fund to view the funding criteria and the Expression of Interest webform.  

Summer 2021 funding round

In March, the Transpower CommunityCare Fund panel selected 18 community projects throughout New Zealand to receive a grant in the Summer 2021 funding round. The successful projects are listed below and were selected from 68 Full Applications.

The $367,500 in grants include $67,500 towards community projects in the Clutha and Upper Waitaki areas, as part of our transmission line upgrade works currently taking place in this area.



Council  Area

Amount Granted


Common Unity Project Aotearoa

Equipment for large scale community-owned urban farm

Hutt City


Our grant is for a container, water tank, compost systems, wash station and garden bed preparation for the Urban Kai Network. This is one of a number of community enterprises under ​the Common Unity umbrella to enable skills development, employment, connection and resilience for the community

Dawson Primary School

Play space for students 



The Otara school hosts our transmission lines at the end of their playing fields. Our grant is towards to cost of removing old equipment and replacing with a new interactive play space for tamariki and their families to enjoy, learn and contribute to their wellbeing

Lake Roxburgh Village Hall  Recladding of the community hall  Central Otago  $15,000 The Lake Roxburgh Village Hall has been part of the community since the construction of the Roxburgh Dam. Once used for a variety of functions and serving as a community hub, the hall is currently abandoned and relies on community fundraising for necessary maintenance

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust

Fibre installation to outdoor classroom 

Nelson City 


The outdoor classroom offers a unique setting where participants are fully immersed in the outdoor surroundings amongst thriving native flora and fauna. The classroom was completed with support from local iwi and generous supporter donations. Our grant is for fibre installation to the classroom to enhance the learning experience   

Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust Gardening tools and resource library for the community  Auckland $7,500 Since 2001 the Trust has been delivering beautification and restoration projects in Manukau for community pride, safety, connection and empowerment. Their work is strongly supported by the community. The gardening tools library project is a sharing model where equipment can be borrowed to enable community-led initiatives possible
Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust Tuamātene Wharekai maintenance and upgrade  Marlborough District $17,400 Our grant will be used for the roof replacement to keep the building weathertight and the interior and exterior painting aspects of the wharekai project. The Trust make the facility available to the Marlborough region, including those who wish to hold events there
Onewhero Society of Performing Arts Incorporated Theatre air conditioning Waikato District  $9,700 Currently using small heaters during winter and having no cooling in summer, the air conditioning will provide comfort to theatre audiences. Run by volunteers, OSPA provides a social hub for the community as well as a learning space for Onewhero Area School drama students. Ticket sales are an important income for the arts, which have been heavily impacted by COVID-19
Ruakaka Recreation Centre Incorporated Fire doors and landings to meet fire safety standards Whangarei District  $43,545.60 The Ruakaka Recreation Centre is planning necessary fire safety work which are beyond their financial capability. The non-profit organisation is committed to providing recreational opportunities in Bream Bay at this community-driven facility. The centre is open to all age groups for a range of activities for the wider community
Oturehua community New shed over the community pool Central Otago  $37,112 The Oturehua pool is a valuable resource to the community and also popular with visitors completing the Central Otago Rail Trail. The new shed over the pool will extend the swimming season and replaces a previous covering lost to the elements
Waikato District Council Refurbishment of Huntly Sports Complex grandstand Waikato District  $50,000 The Huntly Sports Complex is located under our transmission lines. Our grant is towards the additional costs associated with replacing the grandstand roof and structure refurbishment due to its location beneath high voltage lines. The complex is well-supported by the wider Huntly community and used for a variety of community events, including cultural activities
Puketaha School Pool cover and lane ropes Waikato District  $14,214 The school is committed to ensure their tamariki and wider community have access to swimming facilities for development and water safety awareness. They have done significant fundraising for their new school pool, and once open they plan to engage with learn-to-swim providers for opportunities for the community to access more advanced swimming lessons 
Freyberg High School Library refurbishment  Palmerston North City  $15,593 The library refurbishment will meet the current needs of the diverse community using a fluid design to ensure future proofing. Freyberg High School's library is open to the community

Cromwell Youth Trust

Bikes and equipment 

Central Otago 


The Trust has operated in Cromwell and surrounding areas for over 20 years supporting and advocating for youth through its positive development services. The bikes and equipment form part of this, to increase personal confidence and well-being


Predator Free Horokiwi Predator Free Horokiwi trap drive Wellington City  $5,000 Our grant is towards the cost of more-resilient traps required for the Horokiwi area. Predator Free Horokiwi is a part of the wider Predator Free movement and aims to improve the environment by removing introduced pests, and is open to any community member taking part  
Te Karanga Charitable Trust Transport vehicle for operations Auckland  $19,950 The Trust has been supporting at-risk youth with wellbeing and positive development since 2006, emphasising young people being included in the community. The vehicle will provide youth with equal access to Te Karanga Trust’s Auckland-wide development programmes. Although the programmes are oversubscribed, youth cannot always attend due to public transport availability, cost and safety concerns. Staff and volunteers currently use their own vehicles 

Barnardos New Zealand

Community garden at the Otara Early Learning Centre



Barnardos works at a community level across social services, early learning services and advocacy for children’s rights and wellbeing. Our grant will help create a community garden with play space at the Otara Early Learning Centre which will be open to the community

Leslie Groves Society of St Johns Roslyn Tovertafel projector and games for dementia care Dunedin City  $15,000 The engagement of persons with dementia is a significant challenge for providers of residential aged care. The grant is for the purchase of a Tovertafel console for engaging responsive activities with residents 

Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club

Replacement engine for inflatable rescue boat

Porirua City


Inflatable rescue boats allow an immediate response to life endangering situations, as well as supporting beach and water safety programmes to schools and school-aged tamariki. Titahi Bay SLSC has served the Porirua community and saved lives at Titahi Bay Beach since 1938 and are the only patrolling lifesaving club in this area