Community groups across Capricornia will be supported by a new Morrison Government program to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce global emissions.
The Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 in Capricornia. 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 Capricornia, Michelle Landry 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,” Ms Landry 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 Capricornia do and know that many have done it tough during COVID19. This 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 the 28th of April.”
Local Federal Members of Parliament will play a key role in identifying the projects to be supported in their electorate, with the assistance of a committee that represents the local community.
The Powering Communities Program will help community groups across Capricornia get control of their energy use.
Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available at www.business.gov.au or by telephone on 13 28 46.