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Giving back

Being part of the community is at the heart of all that we do. It’s more than simply being a big employer. It’s about adding value, supporting growth and development and giving back to our communities.

We’re proudly community owned. We know your community is important to you — it’s where you choose to live, work and play — which makes it important to us as well.

What they’re saying

“Having TLC come on board as a long-term sponsor of King Country Junior rugby has been a major boost for our U13 competition and young rep players. It’s great to partner with a local company that is passionate about rugby and particularly about growing our juniors.

With TLC being local, players can relate to their sponsor, and we know our kids will thrive thanks to their support.

It’s about teamwork, and we’re thrilled to have TLC on our team!”

Susan Youngman
General Manager
King Country Rugby Football Union

Community funding

We offer two funding rounds each year.

Focus areas

Our community fund is focused on two key areas:

  1. Children, youth and families
  2. Energy efficiency


Preference will be given to projects/events that:

  • Have high visibility
  • Benefit our local communities.
  • raised funds from other sources.
  • Are provided free of charge.
  • Reach a large amount of people.
  • Create better communities.

Note, we’re unlikely to sponsor travel costs, ongoing operating expenses or individuals.

Funding rounds

Applications are open to community projects or events within our network.

If you have any questions email us at sponsorship@thelines.co.nz

2020 Funding Rounds


Round 1

  • Opens 31 March 2020
  • Closes 30 April 2020
  • Notification 20 May 2020


Round 2

  • Opens 30 September 2020
  • Closes 31 October 2020
  • Notification 19 November 2020

how to Apply

Please complete the form below and return it to us by the relevant closing date.
Late applications won’t be considered.

If we’ve supported your event in the past and you’d like us to consider your project/event again, you’re still required to follow the application process. Without an application for your event/project, we can’t consider it.

Maru Energy Trust

Warm homes are healthy homes.

Too many families in our community live in cold, damp houses and struggle to heat their homes.

We want to change that which is why we were the driving force behind establishing the not-for-profit community charitable trust. Maru offers practical help to keep people warm and healthy.

Maru aims to help people in our community create warmer, drier, and healthier homes. And ultimately use less energy, whether through insulation, education, access to funding sources, or practical tips.

Learn more

Our Inspiring Local Minds Scholarship

Supporting futures today.

Our Inspiring Local Minds Scholarship recognises and provides financial support worth $2000 each (to a maximum of three years) to five local students intending tertiary education or trade or other training.

Applications for the 2020 scholarship are now closed.





  • live or have gone to school in our network area
  • be graduating from high school
  • intend study in a profession linked to jobs with us
  • be accepted into your chosen course or trade at a recognised institution
  • have a proven record of achievement
  • agree to publicity and promoting our scholarship
  • be a fantastic representative of our values
  • commit to paying us back if you don’t complete your studies.