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Energy Efficient Communities Program


This program aims to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills. This measure will deliver up to 3 million tonnes of abatement to 2030.

There are two streams of funding available:
- Business stream
- Community organisations stream

Grants will be made available to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.

A total funding pool of $50 million is available.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:
1. Busienss stream
- Small businesses turning over less than $10 million per year.
- Businesses that consume large amounts (over 0.05 petajoules) of energy each year.

2. Community stream
- Community organisations that are incorporated not-for-profits, such as:
a) Men’s Sheds
b) Community owned kindergartens
c) Welfare centres
d) Community centres
e) Women’s associations
f) Community owned childcare centres
g) Community football and netball clubs
h) Scout and Guide groups
i) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups
j) Surf lifesaving clubs
- Country Fire Authorities and Rural Fire Services

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
- Equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption, excluding energy generation equipment such as solar photovoltaic panels.
- Completion of energy systems assessments according to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3598 2014 or feasibility studies to investigate energy efficiency opportunities.
- Investment in energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use. (For Business stream only)

Documentation Uploaded
Factsheet - Community Organisations Stream 2019-09-03 Download
Factsheet - Business Stream 2019-09-03 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Closing Information
The next funding round is expected to open in early 2020.

Funding Type Grant
Total Funding Pool $50M
Co-contribution No
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Infrastructure / Equipment
Environment and Sustainability
Environment : Energy
Infrastructure : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Energy and Renewables
General - Non-Industry Specific
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of the Environment and the Energy
Program Administrator
Department of the Environment and the Energy
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit