The $3.1 million ‘Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program’ will support community organisations to reduce their operational costs, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
The program will be supported by the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program and will contribute to reaching Victoria’s zero carbon emission target.
Around 100 Victorian organisations will receive grant funds over the next two years, with funding to be split into two separate streams.
Stream one will offer grants up to $5000 to support energy audits of facilities, helping to evaluate operational costs and emissions.
Stream two will provide grants of up to $25,000 to implement energy efficiency improvements. Community organisations looking to power facilities entirely with renewable energy sources can access up to $50,000.
By implementing energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities, community organisations will reap significant benefits including reduced maintenance bills, energy usage and costs, greenhouse gas emissions as well as increased asset value.
Three funding rounds will be available, with round one applications closing on 20 August 2021.
An information session will also be held on 21 July.