The Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) was part of a suite of measures announced in July 2011 as part of the governments' climate change strategy. CEEP was a competitive merit-based grant program that provided co-funding to local governing bodies and non-profit community organisations. The grants were for those bodies to implement projects that delivered a range of energy efficiency measures in council and community owned buildings, facilities, and sites; particularly where this would benefit low socio-economic and other disadvantaged communities or support energy efficiency in regional and rural councils.
Grants were awarded to 171 recipients, for a total of $113.4 million. 11 grants were withdrawn before Funding Agreements were executed and 7 projects were terminated during the Program. Some projects were partially completed at the time of termination. At the close of the Program, a total of $96.3 million was paid in grant funding and 153 projects completed. The Program closed on 30 June 2016.