Community groups across the New England will be supported by a new Federal Coalition Government program to lower energy costs and support local jobs.
The Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 in the New England. Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 will be available to eligible community organisations, with no co-contribution required.
The grant will assist 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.
Member for New England Barnaby Joyce 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,” Mr Joyce said.
“Whether it’s 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 our local community.
“We recognise the great work that many community groups across the New England do and know that many have done it tough during COVID19. The program will help them to do what they do best, which is serve and support the community.
“I encourage local community to groups to submit an expression of interest to my office by 28 May, 2021.”
Local Federal Members of Parliament will help identify projects to be supported in their electorate, with the assistance of a committee that represents the local community.
Contact my office on 6761 3080 to obtain an Expression of Interest Form. Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available by visiting business.gov.au or by telephone on 13 28 46.