Australian Government – Energy Efficient Communities Program

Application Date: 1 January 2020 to 1 April 2020

Region: Australia wide

Amount: Up to $12,5000

Details:

Please note: The dates listed here are placeholders only – the grant will open “early 2020”

Eligible community organisations will be able to apply for grants to fund energy generation and storage projects from a date to be determined. Applications for grants to fund other equipment upgrades and energy audits will open in early 2020.

The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $50 million of grants to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills. Grants will be made available for: Community organisations – can apply for up to $12,500 and will not be required to make a co-contribution.

Small businesses can apply for up to $20,000 and will not be required to make a cocontribution. Businesses that consume large amounts of energy each year (over 0.05 petajoules) can apply for up to $25,000 and will be required to contribute matched funding. Funding will support activities to help businesses and community organisations to save energy through: • 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

For more information: https://www.energy.gov.au/government-priorities/energy-programs/energy-efficientcommunities-program