Grants awarded to help power community groups

The Australian Government is delivering the $10.2 million Powering Communities Program to hundreds of community groups to help them cut their power bills, increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, said that lowering the energy costs of community groups would have positive effects both locally and nationally.

‘This funding of between $5,000 and $12,000 to community groups from all the 151 federal electorates of Australia will allow them to spend more on their essential activities,’ the Minister said.

‘Local jobs will be created through the energy-efficiency measures undertaken by the successful funding of applicants under the program.

‘These include installing solar panels or a battery, replacing lighting with LEDs, conducting an energy audit and upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models.’

Nominations for grants under the program opened in March. Each federal MP, with the assistance of a committee representing the local community, nominated projects and invited groups to apply for the grant funding.

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources selected the successful applicants after considering their applications for eligibility and completeness.

For a full list of successful grant recipients see the website.

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Powering Communities Program

Minister’s media release