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.

Nominations for the 2021 MainPower Community Fund are open now, click the buttons below to submit a nomination. Nominations close Friday 22 January 2021.

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 around 100 groups receiving a share of $130,000 to date. Learn more about our recipients and the awesome work they're doing for North Canterbury.


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Community Fund FAQs

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.

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.

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 do nominations work?

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.


Nominations can be placed at any time. All nominations received during the six-month period prior to finalists being announced will be considered for funding.


If a nomination is submitted in January (for example), it will be considered for the March funding round only, i.e. a new nomination will need to be made after March for the group to be considered in the following October funding round.

How long are nominations open?

Nominations can be placed at any time. All nominations received during the six-month period prior to finalists being announced will be considered for funding. Nominations will be considered, and finalists named, every six months (March and October).


If a nomination is submitted in January (for example), it will be considered for the March funding round only. A new nomination will need to be made after March for the group to be considered in the following October funding round.

How is the MainPower Community Fund structured?

There are two funding rounds each year, the first being awarded around March and the second awarded around October of each year.


Nominations will be considered twice yearly, with a list of finalists announced alongside the public voting round.


Public voting will be open for around one month, with the recipients named and awarded shortly after.


If a nomination is submitted in January (for example), it will be considered for the March funding round only, i.e. a new nomination will need to be made after March for the group to be considered in the following October funding round.


$30,000 will be available during each round ($20,000 for community groups and $10,000 for schools/education providers).

Can I vote more than once?

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

Can I nominate more than one group/school?

Yes. Please submit a separate form for each nomination.

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.

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 to be approximately two weeks after public voting closes.

What happens ahead of finalists being named?

MainPower will review all nominations received over the preceding six-month period 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.