Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has announced expressions of interest are now open for funding under the Morrison Governments Powering Communities Program.
Community groups across the region can now express interest for funding under the program to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce their environmental impact.
Mr Buchholz said $67,700 was up for grabs, to support community groups in reducing their power usage.
“The Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700. Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 will be available to eligible community organisations, with no co-contribution required,” Mr Buchholz said.
“These grants will assist community groups to lower their energy bills by installing solar panels or a battery, upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models, replacing lighting with LEDs or conducting an energy audit.
“This is about supporting our community groups by providing them with better, more modern assets that at the local level will have a positive impact for our environment,” Mr Buchholz said.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said when not-for-profit groups invest in their community, it helps local economies to grow and supports local jobs.
“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations,” Minister Taylor said.
“Whether it be a sports club, a senior citizens club or a charity group, by helping to reduce power bills, the grants will ease the financial pressure these organisations face so they can better focus on meeting the needs of their local communities.
Mr Buchholz said the region had a rich history of reinvesting in their community and this was another example of the Liberal and Nationals Government working with the local community.
“I encourage local community to groups to submit an expression of interest to my office by 30 April, 2021,” Mr Buchholz said.
Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available at business.gov.au or by telephone on 13 28 46.