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Applications now open for $1m in funding for neighbourhood groups

01/11/2012 - General News

Sheena Thomas

Charities and community groups helping people in need within local neighbourhoods can now apply for funding from their local Z service station, via z.co.nz/goodinthehood. 

Z Energy last week announced that it will contribute over $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers, through the Z ‘Good in the Hood’ programme.

Applications are now open and Z’s team of passionate Retailers around the country are looking forward to viewing the applications and supporting organisations that are making a difference in their local neighbourhoods.

Z Energy CEO, Mike Bennetts, said the approach was as decentralised as possible.

“We want our 210 Z service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods so we’re going for a truly local approach which will ultimately be determined by our customers.

“It doesn’t make any sense for me or somebody else in Wellington to try and decide what matters in Ashburton or Tauranga, so we’re asking the locals to tell us and for our customers to vote.”

The criteria that the group or project needs to fulfill to apply for ‘Good in the Hood’ include:

  • be active in the local neighbourhood around a specific Z station
  • be focused around helping people who need it and
  • be for a specific project or to fulfill a specific need.

Applications will be received over the month of November, with each of the 210 Z service stations then selecting four local neighbourhood groups or projects to support. These groups and projects will be announced on z.co.nz in February 2013.

Following that, every customer visiting a Z station for a period of time will be given an orange token and invited to physically vote for the organisation they wish to support. From that point, the votes will be tallied, the results will be announced and the cheques presented.

Each service station will have $5,000 to contribute through the Z Good in the Hood programme, with $4,000 through the on-site customer voting element and $1,000 for discretionary neighbourhood support over the year.

“We feel that it’s only fair to support the people who support us, and we think that ‘Good in the Hood’ will make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand. It’s one way we’re choosing to live our brand promise that Z really is for New Zealand,” says Mike. 


There is more information about Good in the Hood, and the ability to submit your application, in the Good in the Hood section.