Community partnerships

Power and Water’s purpose is to make a difference to the lives of Territorians. It is the driving force behind everything we do, from our projects to our electricity, gas, water and sewerage services.

We are passionate about making a difference to the lives of Territorians and we are excited to create relationships with organisations and people in our community who are actively working toward the same goal.

Power and Water offers a range of partnership options including; major partnerships, community grants and in-kind sponsorship through our portable water stations at events.

Our major partnerships and community grants program focuses on supporting projects and initiatives in our community that will help shape the future of the Territory, care for and support Territorians, and uplift and create opportunities for Territorians.

At Power and Water, we put our community and our customers at the centre of our planning, thinking and service delivery. Any partnership will be a collaboration that involves working together to maximise the benefit for Territorians.

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Criteria and eligibility

We offer a range of partnership options that align to our criteria and guidelines.

Major partnerships

Our major partnerships are larger scale investments that align to our purpose, vision and key initiatives.

Community Grants

Our Community Grants program supports organisations and initiatives that give back to Territorians meaningful ways.

Portable water refill stations

Our portable water refilling stations and trailers are available for major and minor community events.

Acquittal process

Each partnership or grant will be expected to go through an acquittal process.

Criteria and eligibility

Power and Water offer a range of partnership options that align to our criteria and guidelines.

All applications will be assessed by Power and Water and must demonstrate how they meet all of the criteria below to be eligible for consideration.

Criteria 1: Be able to demonstrate how you are making a difference to the lives of Territorians

Our purpose is to make a difference to the lives of Territorians and organisations or initiatives we support must be driven by the same goal.

This could be big or small in scale or fall into multiple categories.

You must be able to clearly articulate in one to two sentences ‘how your initiative makes a difference to the lives of Territorians.

Criteria 2: Amplify at least one of our key initiatives

Power and Water's key initiatives are:

Helping shape the future of the Territory

Power and Water is dedicated to helping shape the future of the Territory. We aim to inspire through progressive and future focussed projects and vision. We also want to support others who share this vision to make the Territory grow and thrive.

Organisations can apply for grants or partnerships that demonstrate an impact on the Territory and its people. This could be (but not limited to) a product innovation, an event that drives community involvement and inclusion or a program that aims to improve liveability.

Caring and supporting Territorians

Providing reliable, safe and trusted essential services is the foundation of what we do. It keeps the lights on, the water running.

There are amazing organisations in the Territory who go above and beyond to care and support for our community, providing services that Territorians come to rely on. This category is to support those who are supporting others.

Uplifting or creating opportunities for Territorians

Our passionate team of experts is what makes Power and Water. It is the passionate people of the Territory that make the NT what it is. We want to support the people of the Territory to make a difference, whether it be through education, accessibility, upskilling or opening doors for others.

We are proud to be able to provide these opportunities at Power and Water and want to support organisations or initiatives that empower others.

This may include (but not limited to) helping make opportunities accessible to all Territorians, education grants or initiatives to bridge the gap on inequity and disadvantage.

Criteria 3: Provides opportunities for Power and Water employees to be present, identifiable and available for real time interactions

We want to be actively engaged with our partners, creating relationships in person rather than online. We will be looking for partners that help create these opportunities.

Depending on the scale of your project or program this may include:

  • Presentation or speaking opportunities
  • Volunteering opportunities for staff
  • Presence at events for consultation purposes
  • Merchandise give away

Criteria 4: Endorsement and recognition of Power and Water by our partners via their owned channels and reach

Partners will be required to provide promotional benefits to Power and Water through dissemination of agreed messaging via their owned channels. This messaging can be provided by Power and Water or generated by the partner.

Priority will be given to partners who actively demonstrate content ideas that create meaningful connection and benefit between both organisations. This will ideally be demonstrated across the life of the partnership.

Partner channels or potential benefit options may include:

  • social media posts
  • newsletters
  • advertising
  • blog/vlog articles
  • internal employee communications
  • use of people or talent for content
  • content ideas.

Further guidelines

All successful partnerships will be required to sign terms and conditions and a partnership agreement committing to agreed deliverables.

Power and Water reserve the right to reject a submission for any reason without justification.

Power and water will not support:

  • organisations or individuals that are not based in the Northern Territory
  • political parties, lobby groups or politically aligned groups
  • events or activities that are divisive
  • direct payments to individuals but can support fees, tuition, product purchase etc
  • 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.

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Major Partnerships

Power and Water invests in larger scale major partnerships that provide a significant impact within our community and align to our purpose, vision and key initiatives.

We are passionate about making a difference to the lives of Territorians and partner with organisations that deliver positive outcomes that benefit our community.

Previous major partnerships have supported training and employment or sporting opportunities for Territorians, enhanced our lifestyle through supporting the delivery of events, or contributed to strengthening our economy.

Our major partnerships can be established for a 12 to 24 month period. To express your interest, or to seek more information about the eligibility criteria, please email

2022-23 Major Partners

Darwin Festival

A meeting place for Territorians to come together, to proudly showcase and share local art, culture and spirit with the nation and the world. The Festival plays an integral role in the cultural and financial economies of the Territory.

Share the Dignity

An organisation that delivers series of initiatives aimed at reducing and ending period poverty to women and girls in need affording them the dignity that so many of us take for granted.

Melaleuca Australia

An organisation that provides a range of specialist services that bridge the isolation gap between new and old Territorians, activating inclusion for all to live in harmony.

Darwin Salties – NBL1

Supporting a pathway for Territory players, and particularly juniors and young adults, to get direct exposure to the game at by competing in the semi-professional NBL1 North competition for the first time.

NT Major Events

Power and Water is proud to partner with NT Major Events to support the delivery of world-class events including BASSINTHEGRASS, Parrtjima – A Festival of Light, Merlin Darwin Triple Crown Supercars, NRL – Paramatta vs Cowboys, and Red CentreNATS, to enhance the great Territory lifestyle, and strengthen the Territory’s economy.

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Community Grants

Applications for the 2023 Community Grants Program are now closed.

Power and Water is proud to support organisations and initiatives that give back to our community in meaningful ways through our Community Grants Program. Power and Water commits to supporting up to 10 community grants per year with grants available between $1,000 -$5,000 (Ex GST) per application.

Community grant applications are expected to meet all eligibility criteria and amplify at least one (or more) of our key initiatives - help shape the future of the Territory, care for and support Territorians, and uplift and create opportunities for Territorians.

The application form will remain open year round for sponsorship opportunities outside of these times and will be awarded at Power and Water’s discretion.

2024 Community Grant Program will open for submission at the start of February 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact the team at

2023-24 Community Grant Recipients

Bluearth Foundation

Active Play Movement Program

Top End Pride (NT) Incorporated

Darwin Pride Festival

Council on the Ageing (NT) Inc

Personal safety alarms

Alawa Primary School

Alawa School farm

Katherine Community Indoor Sports Centre

Centre upgrades and maintenance

Karama Community Garden Incorporated

Community garden upgrades

The Nappy Collective

Nappy collection drive

NT Writers Centre

Writers Festival poetry night in Alice Springs

St John Ambulance NT

Automated External Defibrillators, volunteer training

Good Dog AAI

Facility accessibility modifications

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Portable Water Refill Stations at Events (in-kind sponsorship)

Our portable water refilling stations and trailers are available for major and minor community events.

Event organisers can apply online to be considered depending on audience, suitability and availability. Power and Water will provide in-kind sponsorship to cover delivery, setup and maintenance of the stations.

Apply for the use of portable water refilling stations and trailer

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Acquittal Process

Each partnership or grant will be expected to go through an acquittal process at the end of the agreed partnership period to evaluate the agreed key performance indicators (KPIs) and delivery. These KPI’s and delivery agreements are set on a case by case basis prior to the partnership/grant being awarded. Evidence of successful delivery will need to be recorded.

Failure to deliver against agreed deliverables across the life of the partnership, without prior communication or agreement with the Power and Water sponsorship team, may impact any future grant submissions.

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