Powering Communities Program

What you should know?

The Program will fund small projects that will improve energy efficiency and lower power bills in local community organisations. Grants are available to community organisations for funding between $5,000 and $12,000. Please read the grant opportunity guidelines at business.gov.au/pcp to find out if your project is eligible.

What is the Process?

Step 1. Complete an EOI by submitting an online form

Step 2. If your organisation is nominated for funding, you will be invited to apply via a formal application by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Step 3. You will be required to register in a grants portal and complete an online application form. Being invited to apply does not guarantee that your application will be successful. All applications will be assessed by the department for eligibility and completeness, and to ensure that they represent value for money and are a proper use of public resources.

Step 4. If your grant application is approved you will be notified and will be issued a grant agreement by the department.


Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for funding your organisation should:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Be not-for-profit
  • Be invited to apply by your MP
  • And be one of the following: a registered incorporated organisation such as an incorporated association, non-distributing cooperative, company limited by guarantee or indigenous not for profit corporation or an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property or have an eligible sponsor that is an incorporated not for profit entity that may apply on your behalf as a project sponsor (and must meet all eligibility requirements).


What type of projects may be funded?

The program funds small projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use. The following projects are a guide to types of suitable projects.

  • energy generation and storage projects including solar photovoltaic panels and battery storage
  • new split system air conditioners to replace some older types of units
  • bathroom and kitchen hot water heaters
  • replacement of non-LED lighting with LED lighting controls
  • upgrades for air conditioning and lighting appliances including induction cooktops and commercial refrigeration
  • other activities including energy audits and measuring equipment.

The eligibility criteria for entities and projects is outlined in the grant opportunity guidelines at business.gov.au/pcp. Please read the guidelines before submitting an EOI.

To submit an Expression of Interest, click here.