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.

We recognise 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 up to 10 x $2,000 community grants that will be available for events in 2021. Applications opened
1 July and closed on 30 September 2020.

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 employees to volunteer at events.

Applications for our next round of community grants open 1 July 2021.

Please read the Community Partnerships Program Grants Guidelines.

Current Partnerships

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

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 - sySTEMic Collaboration

In a first for the Northern Territory, secondary students are getting practical experience and first-hand access to industry under a new program called the ‘sySTEMic Collaboration’.

At its core, the sySTEMic Collaboration is about people and represents a partnership between education, industry and community with a clear purpose: to provide industry supported pathways for young people to achieve qualifications that strengthen their employment prospects in the pipeline of STEM required industries.

Power and Water is proudly supporting the inaugural program in Alice Springs.

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

Community Grants 2020

Power and Water has proudly supported the purchase of a new adjustable single surf ski for the club.

The surf ski provides better opportunities for members to train and compete in surf competitions, and in particular is targeted at the youth membership, which has continued to increase with the availability of new equipment.

The aim of the conference is to bring women from all ‘walks of life’ and generations to share experiences, stories, achievements and challenges.

Power and Water was honoured to support the ‘Self Determination and Empowerment’ youth workshop, facilitated by local Aboriginal Leader, Tanyah Nasir. Some 40 young women were sponsored to attend the conference and participate in the workshop, coming from far and wide.

Tennis Alice Springs aims to provide all-inclusive tennis program for disadvantaged Aboriginal youth.

Over a wide area, there are many young people with good families, who just can’t afford group tennis lessons or their own racquets. This program provides these bright young stars with support on and off the court. It’s a year round program, which will culminate in a visit with Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

Power and Water is proud to facilitate this program.

Power and Water has been a long-time supporter of this great community initiative.

The EcoFair educates, inspires and activates the community about science and sustainability and features high profile speakers, engaging panels, workshops and information stalls.

The annual event provides Power and Water the opportunity to talk about key issues, which include water sustainability and renewable energy and have our subject matter experts present and be part of panel discussions.

Community Partnership Grants Guidelines

Our focus is on connecting with our community and enriching the future of Territorians.

Power and Water aims to build meaningful partnerships to effectively and genuinely enrich the future of the Territory. We support communities in urban and remote areas in which we operate, with a focus on activities that build social wellbeing.

The grassroots events and organisations we seek to partner with must be not-for-profit and offer tangible benefits to their community and provide a positive platform for Power and Water and its reputation. We want to ensure that any partnership has 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.

Power and Water seeks to engage its customers and stakeholders and welcomes partnership opportunities that offer employees the chance to get involved through volunteering or mentoring opportunities.

  • 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 (although charity related activities will be considered)
  • indirect appeals including charity dinners, conferences and seminars unless they have direct links to Power and Water and its business
  • providing free electricity or water
  • capital works, operating costs or salaries
  • events and activities that could be considered a health or safety risk

Please note we will not make charitable donations through the Community Partnerships Program.

The decision to recommend the acceptance or rejection of a community partnership request is the responsibility of the Power and Water Community Partnership Committee. When exercising this authority the committee will address the following criteria:

  • the alignment of the proposed partnership with the objectives and values of Power and Water
  • the ability to leverage a mutually beneficial partnership through a range of benefits and broader exposure opportunities including but not limited to naming rights, social media promotion, advertising and public relations activities, employee volunteering opportunities and merchandising
  • the reputation of the organisation seeking partnership and the potential for the partnership to enhance Power and Water’s brand
  • the potential to build strategic alliances with other like-minded organisations and encourage community engagement
  • the cost and value for money of the partnership against the benefits and available funds
  • the possible linkage with other sponsored activities to extend the reach of the proposed partnership.

Delivering on the terms and conditions agreed in the partnership agreement is a key element in evaluating whether a partnership was successful.

Power and Water will undertake regular reviews of all partnerships to ensure that targets have been achieved and objectives met. Power and water will also formally evaluate all partnerships on completion.

How to apply

Our community partnership program is highly sought. To ensure your proposal receives full consideration, please fill out the online form addressing all the essential criteria.

We offer one round of up to 10 x $2000 funding grants each year. Applications open in July and close on 30 September. Applications are assessed in October and outcomes communicated to applicants by 30 November. Payments will be made during January. All current partnered programs and events will take place during 2021.