The Central Energy Trust provides grants to community, sporting, educational, cultural and health organisations within the Manawatu/Tararua regions for projects which are energy-related and which will benefit the consumer's of the former CentralPower/ElectroPower energy companies. The range of organisations that benefit from funding provided by the Central Energy Trust can be seen by the assortment of photos displayed throughout the website.

The Central Energy Trust also provides up to 15 Bursaries each year to students to provide assistance with the cost of their tertiary education and training.

Community Grants

The last grant round was held in May 2017 with some $741,007 being approved to 45 organisations.

The next grant round is scheduled for November 2017 with applications closing at 5.00pm on Tuesday, 7 November 2017. For more information please click here.

To download a copy of our Events Funding Form, please click here.

Please also note that the Trust now has a new grant application form, please ensure your application is submitted on the new form, otherwise it will be returned to you and you will be requested to resubmit it on the new form. To download a copy of the new application form please click here.


For the 2017 year, 24 applicants were awarded Bursaries totalling $47,000.

Applications for the 2018 year are now open.

For the 2018 year we have a new award, "The Central Energy Trust 2018 Supreme Award". This will be presented to the outstanding applicant for the 2018 year. Trustees will consider academic results, leadership skills, sport and community involvement in making their decision.

The winner of this award will be announced at the Bursary Presentations in February/March 2018.

To download a copy of our application form please see below link.

2018 Central Energy Trust Bursary Application

2018 Central Energy Trust Bursary Application - pub doc 

Applications close Friday, 17 November 2017, 5:00pm.

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