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.


The last grant round was held in May 2019 with some $871,359 being approved to 31 organisations.

The next grant round is scheduled for November 2019 with applications closing at 5.00pm on Friday, 1 November 2019. For more information please click here.

Please note the Trust now has a new grant application form for Schools, 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 Schools application form please click here.


Applications for students entering into their first year of study for 2020 are now open.

To download a copy of our application form please click here. Applications close at 5:00pm on Friday, 15th November 2019.

For the 2019 year, 15 applicants were awarded Bursaries totaling $70,000.

The recipient of "The Central Energy Trust 2019 Supreme Award" is Caitlin Mercer. Caitlin attended Freyberg High School and is now studying towards a Bachelor of Arts - Major of English, Minor of Theatre. The Supreme Award totals $15,000, $5,000 per year over a period of three years.

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