Community groups across the mid-north coast will be supported by a new Australian Government program aimed at lowering energy costs, supporting local jobs and helping reduce global emissions.
The Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 across the mid-north coast, with grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 available to eligible community groups, with no co-contribution required.
Member for Cowper, Pat Conaghan MP said energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations.
“Whether it’s a sports club, senior citizens club or a charity group, the grants will ease the financial pressure these organisations face so they can better focus on meeting the needs of our local community,” said Mr Conaghan.
“We recognise the great work that the many community groups across the mid-north coast do and understand that meeting regular costs such as energy bills can be difficult, which also takes the focus away from what they do best, which is serve and support our community.”
The grants will assist in lowering energy bills by installing solar panels or a battery, upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or refrigerator’s with more efficient models, replacing lighting with LEDs or conducting an energy audit.
“I really encourage local community to groups to submit an expression of interest for funding under the Powering Communities Program by Thursday May 6,” added Mr Conaghan.
“This can be done through my website patconaghan.com.au or if you need assistance, please call my office on 6652 6233 or 5507 9555.”
Below is the Expression of Interest Form