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Applications now open for funding for neighbourhood groups

01/10/2013 - 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.

Following the success of last year’s Good in the Hood programme, Z Energy has announced that it will once again be giving away over $5,000 to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers. That’s over $1 million across New Zealand to do good in the hood.

Z’s team of passionate Retailers who are based around the country are looking forward to the opportunity to support organisations that make a difference in their local neighbourhoods.

Z Energy CEO, Mike Bennetts, said the programme is as community focused as possible.

“Last year we received millions of votes across the country that determined how we gave over $1 million to more than 600 groups. There was a wide variety of groups that we supported, but every group was focused on helping people in need and making a difference in their neighbourhood.

“The Good in the Hood programme came about because we wanted our service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods, with local operations benefiting local people, so we are continuing this community approach.

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

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

Z will be accepting applications over the month of October, with each of the 213 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 2014.

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 reckon that it’s only fair to support the people who support us, and we think that ‘Good in the Hood’ will continue to make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand.

It’s one way we’ve chosen to live our brand promise that Z really is for New Zealand,” said Mike.