Bring it to life
We want to see new ideas, innovation, and creativity! So if you want to give yourself the best chance then think outside the square. Download the Ergon Energy Community Fund brochure (PDF 2.3 mb) for full details.
COMMUNITY FUND APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
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What types of projects are eligible?
Firstly, your project must be able to be completed within 12 months of receiving a grant from us. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, those that:
- Provide some kind of lasting community benefit such as educating kids about sustainable gardening, providing emergency equipment or facility upgrades
- Help make the energy savings you need to free up funds for your organisation’s real mission
- Educate and empower people to make informed energy choices and help manage cost of living pressures
- Prepare the community for Queensland's storm season e.g. storm kits, installing a generator with a change-over switch
- Upgrade equipment to more energy efficient models
- Use or promote renewable energy alternatives (eg. solar, wind, hydro, and biomass)
- Identify ways to reduce energy usage eg. energy audits, new technology ideas
- Keep the community safe around electricity.
If your idea provides some other kind of lasting community benefit than those listed above, you can still apply. All projects will be considered.
What types of projects are NOT eligible?
- Projects outside the Ergon Energy area of operation
- Those that benefit individuals only
- Fundraising activities
- Initiatives where the sole benefit is a commercial outcome for an individual or organisation
- Major infrastructure construction projects
- Purchasing of carbon offsets
- Projects which are the core business of local council, State or Federal Government or government owned corporations
- Commercial research and development projects
- Projects that will require ongoing financial support from Ergon Energy after completion
- Projects that have already been completed.
Need a little inspiration?
Perhaps these will inspire you to come up with your own big idea?
- Deliver workshops and information sessions relating to understanding electricity bills, concessions, and electricity use
- Develop training for community organisations to build their capacity to adapt and deliver information (e.g. education materials, tools and resources) about the electricity market to different groups
- Adopt energy management systems to monitor, measure, and control your building's electrical loads (eg. air conditioning units and lighting controls)
- Install renewable energy-creating systems such as solar panels in public facilities (eg. schools, libraries, sports facilities, and other community buildings)
- Develop educational equipment like energy monitoring kits, static displays and demonstration tools
- Install smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
- Install energy-saving devices like low flow shower heads, insulation, solar hot water, energy efficient light bulbs, window shading, skylights, solar pumps, sensor lights, etc
- Undertake a community energy audit, teaching local residents how to save energy around the home
- Replace or upgrade old equipment with more energy efficient models
- Run an electrical safety campaign for local students, residents or industry.
Understanding the process
We know it's tempting to race into filling out your application, but before you do, please read the Terms and Conditions and run through the criteria list below to make sure your project ticks all the right boxes.
How will my application be judged?
These are the essential criteria that your project needs to meet:
- Provide a clear description of how it will benefit the community
- Tell us why it makes sense for us to partner in your project
- Demonstrate that you have sufficient expertise and resources to successfully implement the project
- Engage the local community
- Detail tangible, measurable outcomes (e.g. number of attendees, reduction in electricity usage)
- Include a realistic budget showing value for money.
Non-essential but nice:
- Be innovative in nature (preference will be given to new and innovative projects)
- Have an ongoing benefit beyond the initial project
- Have potential to raise community awareness (of the project and energy conservation/electrical safety)
- Provide opportunities to promote Ergon Energy
- Obtain professional quotes.
The review process
Firstly, your application will be assessed for eligibility. Shortlisted applications will then be reviewed by a panel of Ergon experts in the fields of education, safety and community engagement. The funding amount will then be decided for the final recipients.
You'll find out whether your application has been approved via email in early November 2016. If you're successful, the email from us will contain details of your grant amount. This is a one-off payment and it might not be the full amount you applied for.
If successful, you'll need to sign a contract or letter of agreement and submit your insurance certificate of currency and a tax invoice for the grant to be paid. You can expect to receive your funds around December 2016.
If you have any queries regarding the Ergon Energy Community Fund, please contact: