Power and Water has a proud history of supporting our community through partnerships ranging from arts and culture, sports, youth and education, environment, charity and community - reflecting the diversity of our customers and our people.

Power and Water recognises that community partnerships are a valuable opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the community in which we operate. We invest in these partnerships because they are one of the most effective and authentic ways of enriching the future of the Territory, our customers and our people.

Our partnerships generally fall into three categories:

Major partnerships

With these ongoing major partnerships, we invest in the community activity and work with the event or organisation to enrich the lives of Territorians. Typically we work with four or five organisation in any one year.

Community grants

Our community grants are a new initiative. We offer five $2,000 community grants that will be available during the 2019/2020 financial year. Check here in July, when applications will be open.

Community partnerships

To support these community partnerships, we provide in-kind assistance, which includes activities such as promotion of events through our social media channels and arranging Power and water staff to volunteer at events.

Applications for our 2019/2020 community grants will be called for in July and will be open for six weeks. Full details and the online application form will be available on this page.

Current partnerships

The AFLNT state academy programs see the top juniors and senior women from across the Territory identified from as young as 14 years to take part in specially tailored programs based out of Darwin and Alice Springs. The ultimate goal of those making it onto the National Talent Pathway program is being drafted into the AFLW Competition.

The State Academy Program also incorporates indigenous (Kickstart) and multicultural (All Nations) participations from urban and remote locations.

Power and Water sees this partnership as an important way to help develop the talent of these young women and open up opportunities in both sport and career development.

Find out more about AFLNT

Power and Water has again partnered with the festival and in particular the volunteer program, with 120 volunteers proudly supported by Power and Water - 'Supporting the support act'.

Darwin Festival is a vibrant arts and cultural event with a broad, dynamic and innovative program presented in spectacular outdoor venues that take advantage of Darwin's delightful dry season.

Find out more about Darwin Festival

Since 2012, Power and Water has partnered Foodbank NT to help towards zero hunger across the Northern Territory.

Through our food collection points at Power and Water Customer Service Centres and key locations from Alice Springs to Darwin, Foodbank NT has delivered goods to over 90 charities. These charities, in turn, supply meals and food parcels to the needy over the Christmas period. Foodbank is the largest food relief organisation in Australia. Last year alone, Foodbank NT provided 460,000 meals to Territorians

Find out more about Foodbank NT or watch the FoodBank NT YouTube video.

Special Children's Christmas Party

The Special Children's Christmas Party is an event that aims to bring happiness during the festive season to children with special needs.

Find out more about the Special Children's Christmas Party

STEM program - Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge provides year 9 and 10 students the opportunity for a fun day of hands on science and engineering activities. This competition allows students to compete against other schools using activities to promote innovation and teamwork. This is a great way to promote engineering to the next generation of students.

HPA 'Helping People Achieve' is the only not-for-profit Australian Disability Enterprise in Darwin providing supported employment to Territorians with disabilities. Since 1963, HPA has assisted Territorians to gain the work skills needed to move onto open employment. Power and Water’s ongoing partnership with HPA helps promote the organisation, support its events and programs, provide volunteers though our employees and build awareness within the wider community, helping make a meaningful difference

Find out more about HPA

Partnership guidelines

We support organisations that share and enhance our values. We want to ensure that our partnerships have a real and lasting ability to enrich the future of the Territory, our customers and our people. We want to be recognised for doing a great job in supporting the things that matter in our communities and helping the Northern Territory to grow.

  • opportunities that fall outside the Northern Territory
  • political parties, lobby groups or politically aligned groups
  • commercial and government bodies
  • events or activities that are divisive
  • individuals or individual teams' travel, accommodation or study support
  • religious groups (though we’ll consider charity-related activities)
  • indirect appeals including charity dinners, conferences and seminars unless they have direct links to Power and Water and its business
  • requests for provision of free electricity or water, capital works, operating costs or salaries
  • events and activities that could be considered a health or safety risk

The Power and Water Community Partnership Committee is responsible for recommending and accepting or rejecting community partnership requests. When exercising this authority, the committee addresses the following criteria:

Why we invest in community partnerships?

Meaningful partnerships can be one of the most effective and authentic ways of enriching the future of the Territory, our customers and our employees. It’s what good corporate citizens do to strengthen the relationship with their customers and support the communities in which they operate.

What are the key drivers for determining the right sort of partnerships?

At the outset of any potential partnership, a critical first question must be asked: will this partnership help to enrich the future of the Territory, our customers and our employees? Does the organisation, cause and activity align with our brand values and with our vision and purpose?

What do we want to achieve from these partnerships?

We want to ensure that any partnership can have a real and lasting ability to enrich the future of the Territory, our customers and our employees. We want to be recognised for doing a great job in supporting the things that matter in our communities and helping the Northern Territory to grow.

How can we ensure maximum value through this partnership?

With every partnership we want to develop and drive activity that delivers tangible benefits for the future enrichment of the Territory, our customers, our employees and the organisation we are partnering with. We want to involve our people and ensure Power and Water is recognised for making a real difference by leveraging mutually beneficial partnerships.

A partnership is successful if both parties deliver on the terms and conditions of the agreement and both parties’ objectives are met.

We formally evaluate all partnerships on completion to assess mutual benefit. Ongoing partnerships are reassessed annually to ensure they continue to meet objectives.

Apply to be a partner

We formally evaluate all partnerships on completion to assess mutual benefit. Ongoing partnerships are reassessed annually to ensure they continue to meet objectives.

Applications for the next round of community grants will open on 1 July 2019.