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Funding Framework (How we fund)
We want to hear from not-for-profit organisations committed to delivering projects or initiatives that will enhance the lives of people in our community.
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Since April 2015 the Trust has been using the SmartyGrants on-line grants system. You will need to register with SmartyGrants and will not be able to use the same log-in details used for applications made prior to 2015. (After your first application through the SmartyGrants system, your organisation will need to use the same registration details for future applications.)
The Trust has opened a Vital Impact (Housing) grants round to address issues around the affordability, availability and quality of housing in the Waikato region. To find out more about this special, one-off round, click here. To read the press release, click here, or to submit an Expression of Interest, click here.
The Trust is interested in being a pro-active collaborator in funding significant projects that will have a direct positive impact on the economic and social well-being of the region. These Vital Impact Grants will only happen when funds allow and are likely to support significant regional projects that will have intergenerational impact and wide benefit.
Collaborative applications are encouraged and organisations already receiving funding from WEL Energy Trust may also apply.
Please get in touch with us if you have a project you’d like to discuss.
To assist communities in developing their full potential and to find answers to complex issues and encourage better ways of working together, the Trust will continue to support collective efforts, and may lead projects or collaborate with others to make an impact in the identified priority areas. This may involve bringing related groups together through Partnership (Multi-Year) Funding.
Applicants to the Community Support grant rounds may indicate interest in Multi-Year Funding in the Community Support application form and will need to complete an associated Impact Form to show alignment with the Trust’s Community Investment Strategy (click here to read).
Trustees will consider Multi-Year recommendations bi-annually.
Our Strategic Outcome Areas (What we Fund)
For all applications, priority will be given (in no particular order) to those that:
Fall within the strategic priority areas for the Trust, 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
Impact and outcomes
Balance need with impact and outcomes
Are likely to lead to transformational change
Are from organisations that do not have significant independent fundraising abilities
Applications from outside the WEL Energy region (see map), unless there is evidence of significant benefit to communities within the WEL region
Individuals or commercial organisations
Projects that have already been completed by the date of grant notification
Loan repayments or guarantee assistance to applicants
Projects that may create a conflict of interest for the Trust or WEL Networks Ltd
Travel outside of the WEL region (but may make an exception for travel to events of national/international significance)
Projects that target Central/Local Government’s core areas of responsibility, eg, Local Government, Central Government
Lobby groups, eg, ratepayer/resident groups
Organisations with an overdue accountability report for previous funding received
Organisations that have already received a grant in the same calendar year
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The Trust will consider applications from eligible organisations within the WEL region. The Trust may fund projects outside this area if there is evidence of significant benefit to communities within the WEL region.view trust region
To submit accountability/acquittal for funds received, log-in to the SmartyGrants system using the log-in details used for the application.Log in to Smartygrants