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WEL Energy Trust - Quick Response Grants

Closing dates


Always open for applications?


Eligible districts

Hamilton City, Waikato District Council area and a small part of Waipa District Council area. These three council areas make up the traditional area serviced by WEL Networks Ltd, the electricity lines company owned by the Trust.


We want to hear from not-for-profit organisations committed to delivering projects or intiatives that will enhance the lives of people in our community.
To be considered for funding an organisation must be:
• within the Trust's region
• a 'not for profit' organisation - a charitable trust or incorporated society
• registered for at least 12 months at the time of submitting an application (except in exceptional circumstances)
• able to provide us with annual accounts.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


Since its inception in 1993, the Trust had supported the return of over $240 million to WEL Networks customers through a discount on individual electricity accounts. It has also invested over $60 million in community and energy efficiency grants. In 2014-15, over $2 million dollars was invested in the community through grants.


The Trust is a special purpose body with responsibilities under its Trust Deed to:

• manage its investment in WEL Networks Ltd
• ensure WEL Networks Ltd, operates as a successful business
• have regard to customer interests in industry matters
• distribute surplus income at its discretion and to be accountable to the community.
• have regard to consumer interests in the electricity industry
• distribute surplus income at its discretion

Projects funded

For all applications, priority will be given to those that:
• fall within the strategic priority areas for the Truust
• energy efficiency and Healthier Homes; Business/Economic Impact and Workability; Flourishing families and liveability; and Enhancing image and building community pride, or meet more than one strategic objective.
• are likely to have wide reach or high impact
• are likely to offer a 'multiplier effect' through collaboration
• balance need with impact and outcomes
• are likely to lead to transformational change
• are from organisations that do not have significant independent fundraising abilities, or whose projects are unlikely to go ahead without Trust support

Excluded projects

• retrospective funding
• loan repayments or guarantee assistance to applicants
• projects that target Central/Local Government core areas of responsibility.
• lobby groups
• organisations with an outstanding accountability report for previous funding received.
• organisations with a stand down period in force.

Activities funded

Most costs/expenses eligible, e.g. Administration costs; salaries; equipment; operating expenses; vehicles; events (see exclusions for more information).

Excluded activities

• sports uniforms or uniforms in general

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application

Up to $15,000

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

WEL Energy Trust will support our community through regular community grants to a wide range of organisations in the WEL Networks region. There will be five closing dates per year for the Quick Response grants of up to $5,000 (February, April, June, August and October). Only one grant of any kind per organisation can be allocated in a calendar year, except in exceptional circumstances.

Once you are eligible, you will need to register with the new SmartyGrants system.

Please call if you are unsure which type of grant would best suit your organisation.

To check your eligibility go to

Information required with your application

• after your first application to the Trust through the new SmartyGrants system, please consistently use the same registration information for your organisation. If you have forgotten your log-in details, you will be able to retrieve them through the on-line grants system.
• each time your organisation applies for a grant, please check and update the contact details for your organisation.
• please indicate your Tax Exempt Status on the form. Click here for important information about Trust requirements with regard to your status.
• you can work on your application over a number of days, just be sure to save your work at the end of each page and session.
• applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date.

Decision makers

Application Received > Grants Committee Review & Recommendation > Decision & Response to Applicant > Reported at Trust Meeting

Decision time

Process for Quick Response Grants – approximately 6 week turnaround:

How notified

All applications will be acknowledged electronically and applicants will be told when to expect a grant decision.

How paid

Direct Credit

Conditions of acceptance

The Trust requires a short accountability statement from grantees outlining how the funds have been used, and this must be submitted within the time specified on the grant letter. This is done through a short on-line form on our website.

Other information

Note: Organisations may be excluded from applying for a grant if an accountability statement is outstanding from the previous year. Furthermore, the Trust will invoice for the return of grants where no accountability statement has been provided within the agreed timeframe.


WEL Energy Trust
PO Box 1336

Hamilton 3240
Phone: (07) 838 0093