Community Energy Efficiency Program

The Federal Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has established the Community Energy Efficiency Program.

The program is a competitive merit-based grant program that will provide co-funding to non-profit community organisations to implement projects that deliver a range of energy efficiency measures to adjust to the introduction of the carbon price.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Support community organisations to increase the energy efficiency of community‑use buildings, facilities and lighting (Please note, the installation of systems such as solar energy systems cannot be funded by this grant).
  • Demonstrate and encourage the adoption of improved energy management.

Examples of some eligible activities include (list is not exhaustive):

  • Building upgrades to the roof, walls and floor to resist heat transfer
  • Building upgrades to allow air movement for free cooling in terms of openings and breeze paths
  • Upgrades to lighting
  • Installation of efficient hot water systems to replace inefficient electric systems

Key requirements include:

  • The support of the local governing body is required
  • A co-contribution is required and it cannot include other Commonwealth funding or in-kind contributions
  • All projects must be completed by June 2016
  • Non‑profit community organisations proposing projects with a focus on benefitting low socio‑economic and other disadvantaged communities will be given special consideration (see Guidelines for details).

The closing date for applications is 7 February 2013.

Clubs or Branches who are planning an energy efficiency project or are interested in doing can visit the Grants page for further information.

Mon 17 Dec 2012