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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:
1. Community organisations stream
- Grants of up to $12,500 are available. No co-contribution is required.
- Applications are expected to open on 1 September 2019.

2. Business stream
- Grants available are:
a) Small businesses: Up to $20,000. No co-contribution is required.
b) Businesses that consume large amounts of energy each year: Up to $25,000. Applicants are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar co-contribution.
- Applications are expected to open in January 2020.

A total funding pool of $50 million is available.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:
- Small businesses
- Businesses that consume large amounts (over 0.05 petajoules) of energy each year
- Community organisations, including:
a) Men's sheds
b) Community owned kindergartens
c) Welfare centres
d) Community centres
e) Women's associations
f) Country fire authorities
g) Community owned childcare centres
h) Community football and netball clubs
i ) Scout or guide groups
j) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups
k) Surf lifesaving clubs

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
- Equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption – energy generation and storage projects (for example solar photovoltaic panels, batteries and solar hot water) will only be permitted for community organisations
- Investment in energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use.
- Completion of energy systems assessments according to the Australian Standard or feasibility studies to investigate energy efficiency opportunities.

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Fact Sheet 2019-02-28 Download

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Status Opening
Opening Date 1 Sep 2019
Closing Information
Please see the Overview for the closing details.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $25,000
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