Powering Communities Grant

Expressions of interest are now open for the 2021 Powering Communities program for the Federal Electorate of Melbourne.

The Powering Communities program provides funding for not-for-profit community organisations to improve their energy efficiency practices and technologies leading to a reduction in energy use, improvement in energy productivity and delivery of carbon abatement.

How does it work?

Grant amounts between $5,000 and $12,000 are available for local organisations.

Applications take place in two steps: first, expressions of interest are made to Adam Bandt MP. Second, following community consultation, selected applicants are invited to complete their application process with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Who can apply?

  • Not-for-profit incorporated organisations;
  • Trustees applying on behalf of a Trust; and
  • incorporated sponsor organisations on behalf of an unincorporated organisations.

Note: your organisation must be located within the federal electorate of Melbourne. (You can find your local electorate at the AEC website.)

What can the grants be used for?

Grants are available for community organisations to improve their energy efficiency practices and technologies leading to a reduction in energy use, improvement in energy productivity and delivery of carbon abatement. Projects may relate to (but are not limited to): energy generation and storage, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, bathroom and kitchen hot water, lighting, appliances and energy audits.

Some examples may include:

  • installing solar panels or batteries;
  • upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models;
  • replacing lighting with LEDs; and
  • conducting an energy audit.

How to apply

Submit your Expression of Interest by 5pm Tuesday 15 June 2021. You can submit yours here. Further details and full program guidelines are available here. You can contact Adam's office on 9417 0759 or by email at [email protected] if you would like to discuss the program or your idea with us.

Important dates
Expressions of interest are now open and will close at 5pm on 15 June 2021. If your organisation is successful in getting through to the second stage of the application process, you will need to complete your online application by 15 July 2021.

Additional Information
Community groups looking to install solar or a battery must use Clean Energy Council accredited installers and choose Clean Energy Council approved products. A list of accredited installers and products is available here:

Installers: https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/consumers/buying-solar/find-an-installer

Products: https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/industry/products

All equipment must be installed by licensed tradespeople.