Community groups across Bonner 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 Bonner, with grants of between $5000 and $12,000 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.
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said when not-for-profit groups invested in their community, it helped local economies to grow and support local jobs.
“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations,” Mr Vasta 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.
“Our community groups have done it tough during COVID-19 and I know this program will help them to do what they do best, which is serve and support the community.”
Mr Vasta said Bonner community groups interested in applying, can submit an expression of interest to his office by April 22, 2021.
The Powering Communities Program will help community groups across Bonner get control of their energy use, while helping to play a part in reducing global emissions and ensure a healthy environment for future generations.
Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available at business.gov.au or by phoning 13 28 46.