MainPower Community Fund

We support a number of community events and initiatives each year through the MainPower Community Fund. The contestable fund allows members of the North Canterbury community to have their say about which charitable organisations and school projects should be supported.

The Community Fund was launched in 2015 and distributed $10,000 to two local community groups. Since then the Fund has grown in value and reach, with over 50 groups receiving a share of $100,000 to date. Learn more about our recipients and the awesome work they're doing for North Canterbury.

Community Fund Status

Voting is now open for the 2020 MainPower Community Fund! Click here to vote for which charitable group and which school project you think should receive a share of the $30,000 MainPower Community Fund. The categories are separated into two questions, so you can vote for one charitable group and one school project.


Voting closes Friday 13 March. Please only vote once. Residents of North Canterbury (MainPower customers) are eligible to vote.


Check out our FAQs for more information about the fund.


If you would like to discuss other sponsorship options, please get in touch.

Community Fund FAQs

Can I nominate a group/school I am a part of?

Absolutely, let us know about all the great things your group is doing for North Canterbury.

How is the MainPower Community Fund structured?

From 2019, the MainPower Community Fund will be split into two stages, the nomination stage and the public voting stage.


There will be two funding rounds in 2020, the first opening in early February. A second funding round will be announced in the latter half of 2020.


$30,000 will be available during each round.

What happens during the nomination stage?

Residents of North Canterbury are invited to nominate community groups, cultural organisations or schools operating in or serving the North Canterbury region for a share of the $30,000 fund. The nomination stage opens Monday 3 February and closes Friday 21 February, allowing approximately three weeks for nominations to be submitted.

My group/school has received funding in the past, can we apply again?

Yes, groups/schools are welcome to make new nominations for each funding round (whether or not they were successful in receiving funding in the past).

What is the MainPower Community Fund?

The MainPower Community Fund is a contestable fund available to community groups, cultural organisations or schools operating in or serving the North Canterbury region. In each funding round, there is a share of $30,000 available to be split between the successful applicants, with $20,000 be allocated for community organisations and $10,000 being allocated to North Canterbury schools.

What happens once nominations close?

MainPower will review all nominations and select a group of finalists. The number of finalists selected will depend on the quantity and quality of the nominations received.


MainPower may get in touch with nominees ahead of the finalists being named to confirm some details about their operations, if necessary.


MainPower will contact all successful finalists before the public voting stage is opened.

How will the funds be divided between schools and community groups?

$10,000 will be allocated to schools and $20,000 will be allocated to community groups.

How long is the nomination stage open?

For the current funding round, nominations open Monday 3 February and close Friday 21 February. They are open for approximately three weeks.

If my group or school makes it to the public voting stage, can I ask people to vote for them?

Absolutely. Please feel free to share the good news with your networks and encourage people to vote.

Can I nominate a group/school I am not directly associated with?

Yes, please let us know of any community projects or organisations that you think are deserving of a financial boost.

Why do schools need to nominate a specific project, activity or event?

As we receive so many nominations for schools, understanding exactly what the funds would be used for will help to differentiate when shortlisting finalists. This will help North Canterbury voters to make a more informed decision on where to cast their vote rather than simply selecting the name of a school.

Who is eligible to vote?

Any resident of North Canterbury (i.e. customers of MainPower).

Who can make a nomination?

Any resident of North Canterbury (i.e. customers of MainPower) or representatives of the organisation being nominated.

When will the Community Fund recipients be announced?

Once voting closes, MainPower will review the votes and inform the recipients that they have been successful. The recipients will be announced on the MainPower website once all recipients have been contacted. We estimate this will be around the start of April.

What sort of projects/activities are eligible?

MainPower supports a range of activities that benefit North Canterbury. We have a particular focus on activities that support our region’s youth, economic development, environmental sustainability and projects related to energy efficiency.

Can I nominate more than one group/school?

Yes. Please submit a separate form for each nomination.

Can I vote more than once?

Please only vote once, to ensure that the final voting tally accurately reflects the wishes of North Canterbury.

What happens during the voting stage?

All finalists will be profiled on the MainPower website, including details about the organisation, project or activity they are seeking funding for.

Members of the North Canterbury community will be encouraged to vote for the causes they think are most deserving of a share of the $30,000 Community Fund.