Māori Housing Renewable Energy Fund - Expressions of Interest process

The Expressions of Interest process enables MBIE to advise potential applicants on applying for funding for their renewable energy projects for Māori housing.

The deadline for submitting an EOI for the first funding round has now closed. MBIE is evaluating all EOIs and will contact all applicants in April 2021 to advise on next steps. MBIE will run further funding rounds for this scheme, and will advise unsuccessful applicants on future opportunities for funding.

Each EOI is assessed against the funding assessment criteria [PDF, 246 KB].

To be eligible for funding, projects must focus on installing renewable energy technology, and benefit people in Māori housing, for example:

  • Residents of housing on Whenua Māori
  • Papakāinga residents
  • Tenants of Māori Community Housing Providers
  • Māori households or partners working with the Crown through initiatives such as Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing investment and the MAIHI programme
  • Households benefitting from housing or energy programmes predominantly led by, or for, Māori-affiliated or Māori-run organisations.
  • Any other housing interests or initiatives that predominantly benefit iwi, hapū or whānau.

Individual households who have applied for funding should note projects predominantly led by, or for, Māori-affiliated or Māori-run organisations will be prioritised.

Expressions of Interest

A range of projects of varying size are being considered to receive funding. Some smaller projects may be ready to receive funding in the first round available from March 2021 for immediate construction. Larger, more complex projects may require more time for planning and feasibility studies.

Through the Expression of Interest process, MBIE can advise on the project’s eligibility, the next steps, and help align applications with the appropriate funding round as a pipeline of possible projects is developed.

MBIE will provide guidance as required to help develop Expressions of Interest into funding proposals.


In the first round, funding can be sought for up to a maximum of $400,000 per project. There will be some discretion to fund projects larger than $400,000 where there is a strong business case.

Funding may be used for technical feasibility studies if necessary, and for project delivery only once total costs and designs are approved.

Funding to deliver projects will be allocated as grants through contracts with project partners. These contracts will be developed for each individual project.

In some cases, funding contracts also may be developed directly between MBIE and suppliers. For example, in some circumstances it may make sense for MBIE to procure technical feasibility studies and share the results with fund applicants.

Proposals for co-funding of projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In total, up to $2 million of funding is available in the first round, with the remaining $12 million funding allocated through further rounds until 2024. Details of further funding rounds will be available on this webpage as information becomes available.

Information for suppliers

Procurement for Māori housing energy projects will be done on a case-by-case basis, and will be notified on this website and through relevant industry associations.

Suppliers wishing to receive information on projects going out to market can sign up for email notifications. Please email energymarkets@mbie.govt.nz with ‘Renewable energy projects news’ in the subject heading to be added to the distribution list. 

MBIE is particularly interested in projects that maximise the benefits of renewable energy to users and welcomes bids that draw together multiple suppliers to incorporate a number of different technologies or solutions within a single project.

More information

For further enquiries, email energymarkets@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 01 April 2021