Community groups across the Parkes electorate will be supported by a new Federal 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 the Parkes electorate. 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.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton 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,” Mr Coulton 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 Parkes electorate do and know that many have done it tough during COVID19. The 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 11 June.”
Mr Coulton will play a key role in identifying the projects to be supported in his electorate, with the assistance of a committee that represents the local community.
Organisations shortlisted by the committee will then be invited to complete a formal online application, which must be submitted by 20 September 2021.
Eligible organisations in the Parkes electorate can access an EOI form online for submission to Mr Coulton’s office (note: link below).
For guidelines and additional information, go to: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/powering-communities-program.
To put forward an application for consideration under the PCP, eligible organisations must: