Community groups across the Mornington Peninsula Shire will be supported to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce global emissions through the Morrison Government’s Powering Communities Program.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Powering Communities grants are now open for incorporated non-for-profit organisations, with up to 12 projects receiving grants between $5,000 and $12,000 aimed at saving energy and reducing energy bills, with no co-contribution required.
The grant will assist local 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
- Conducting an energy audit.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP said that the Powering Communities program was a vital step in paying back the invaluable non-for-profit organisations across the Mornington Peninsula.
“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations,” Minister Hunt 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 the Mornington Peninsula Shire do and know that many have done it tough during COVID-19. The program will help them to do what they do best, which is serve and support the community.”
“I encourage local community groups to submit an expression of interest to my office by the 24th of May, 2021.”
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 the Mornington Peninsula 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 telephone on 13 28 46.