Grant program powers energy efficiency in community groups

22 Apr 2021
Powering Communities Program 2021

Not-for-profit groups in Mayo can apply for Federal funding to improve their energy efficiency practices and technologies under a new grant program.

“Mayo and every other electorate in the nation has been allocated $67,700 under the Powering Communities Program to share among community organisations who want to reduce their energy consumption and their carbon footprint,” Rebekha said today.

“This funding can assist clubs and not-for-profit organisations to install solar and/or batteries, undertake audits of the energy consumption, do feasibility studies of energy systems and invest in energy monitoring and management systems.

“A positive aspect of this program is groups do not have to match funding.

“They can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 and the amount can be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure.

“Of course, community organisations must fund any expenditure over the grant amount awarded.”

In Mayo, Expressions of Interest for the program close at 5pm on Friday, June 18.

Expressions of Interest are then assessed and shortlisted by an independent panel before being submitted to the Department of Industry, Science and Energy for final approval.

“Submitting an Expression of Interest does not guarantee that you will be nominated to formally apply for funding, but you do have to submit an Expression of Interest in order to be in the running,” Rebekha said.

“Expressions of Interest forms and all the information are available on my website and you can call my office on 8398 5566 for more information.

“Each electorate can select up to 12 eligible projects for assessment.

“Energy costs are a major expenditure for our clubs and organisations.

“This program is an easy and effective way of making energy efficiency more affordable and accessible to not-for-profit groups.”

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