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 2016 with some $493,609 being approved to 46 organisations.

The next grant round is scheduled for November 2016 with applications closing at 5.00pm on Monday, 7 November 2016. 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.


Applications for the 2017 year have now opened.  To download a copy of the application form please click here.

Applications close on Friday, 11 November 2016 at 5:00pm.

For the 2016 year Bursaries were awarded to 22 students.

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