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Bring it to life

Do you have a great idea for your community and need help with funding?

Our grants program is a little helping hand to those in need, to get a great community project or initiative over the line. We’d love to hear about new ideas that encourage community identity and wellbeing, are innovative or showcase solutions to problems we face as a society.

We are committed to supporting not-for-profit groups and organisations who are working hard to provide lasting benefits to our local communities. It’s all about supporting organisations that, like us, work to make their communities a better place to live.

Need a little inspiration?

We’re looking for new ideas that make a positive impact in our communities, but all ideas can be big – even those that seem simple or small. As long as your idea provides lasting benefits to your local community, we want to hear about it.

Your idea could be something that:

  • encourages community identity and wellbeing
  • is innovative
  • showcases solutions to problems we face as a society through support for:
    • diversity and inclusion
    • education
    • energy and environmental conservation
    • electrical safety
    • renewable energy projects
    • upgrading facilities
    • providing essential equipment.

See what our past recipients have used their grant to achieve in the local community.

We receive a large number of applications from organisations and groups all doing wonderful things in the community, so think outside the box about how you can give your application a competitive edge.

For full details, more ideas and inspiration download the Energex-Ergon Community Fund brochure (PDF 4.6 mb).

Getting involved

Applications closed on 26 March 2018. Keep checking this webpage for updates.

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 those that:

  • Facilitate innovative solutions to local issues, stimulate local economic activity or support a community’s identity and wellbeing
  • Provide some kind of lasting community benefit such as educating kids about sustainable gardening, providing emergency equipment or facility upgrades
  • Strive to improve diversity and inclusion in schools, workplaces and the general community by providing support through safe spaces or educational programs
  • 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, inform or promote renewable energy alternatives
  • Keep the community safe around electricity.

All projects will be considered. If your idea provides some other kind of lasting community benefit than those listed above, you can still apply.

What types of projects are NOT eligible?

  • Projects outside Queensland that benefit individuals only or where the sole benefit is a commercial outcome for an individual or organisation
  • Fundraising activities
  • Major infrastructure construction or commercial research and development projects
  • Projects which are the core business of local council, State or Federal Government or government owned corporations
  • Projects that will require ongoing financial support after completion
  • Projects that have already been completed.

How will applications be judged?

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 following criteria to ensure your application ticks all the right boxes.

The essential criteria that your application must meet:

  1. Provide a clear description of how it will benefit the community
  2. Tell us why it makes sense for us to partner in your project
  3. Demonstrate that you have sufficient expertise and resources to successfully implement the project
  4. Engage the local community
  5. Detail tangible, measurable outcomes (e.g. number of attendees, reduction in electricity usage)
  6. Project Scope and budget showing value for money.

Non-essential but nice:

  1. Be innovative in nature or improve community wellbeing. Have an ongoing benefit beyond the initial project
  2. Have potential to raise community awareness
  3. Provide opportunities to promote our involvement
  4. Obtain professional quotes.

The review process

Firstly, your application will be assessed for eligibility. Shortlisted applications will then be reviewed by a panel of experts in the fields of education, safety and community engagement.

Decision time

You'll find out if your application has been approved via email by 31 May 2018. 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 Funding 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 by end of June 2018.

Enquiries

If you have any queries regarding the Community Fund or are having difficulty making application, please contact us at communityfund@ergon.com.au and we’ll be in touch.

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