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Bring it to life

Do you have an idea for your community and need help with funding? Our grants program is a helping hand to those in need, to get a great community project or initiative over the line.

Applications for the 2019 Community Fund are now closed. We'll be assessing all submissions over the next few weeks and will contact everyone to advise the outcome by the end of May. Stay tuned to cast your People's Choice vote!

Queensland has been doing it tough over the last year. If your project is supporting the community to get back on their feet following flooding, fire, drought, cyclone or severe storms, we're particularly keen to get behind you. Your project might target community resilience and mental health, environmental offset and repair, or the rebuilding of community hubs, halls and dens.

We’d also love to hear about new ideas that encourage community identity and wellbeing, are innovative or showcase solutions to problems we face as a society.

This year a new People's Choice bonus is up for grabs, giving you the opportunity to receive an additional $5,000 in funding!

All successful recipients will have their project profiled online, so that the whole community can view and vote for their favourite. The project with the most votes will receive the additional funding to help realise their dreams. That means you could receive up to $10,000 in total!

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.

Getting involved

Applications for the 2019 Community Fund are now closed. We'll contact all applicants by the end of May 2019 to advise the outcome of your submission.

Want to know more?

Want more information about the types of projects we look for and how you can stand out, or the assessment process and timeline? Check out our Ergon-Energex Community Fund brochure (PDF 1.3 mb) or check out our helpful hints below.

And don't forget to double check our Terms and Conditions.

Ideas

Need a little inspiration?

We'd love to see new and exciting ideas with wide-scale impact. We want ideas that will genuinely provide a positive and long-lasting benefit, and put our communities on the front foot for the future. But all ideas can be big, even those that seem simple or small. As long as your idea provides lasting benefits to your community we want to hear about it.

Your idea could be something that:

  • contributes to disaster recovery or resilience
  • 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.

Eligibility

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:

  • Contribute to recovery efforts following severe weather events - we know many communities have been hit hard recently
  • 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
  • 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.

Criteria

How are applications judged?

We know it’s tempting to race into filling out your application, but before you do, please 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
  7. Provide a compelling photo and response to why people should vote for your organisation or idea to receive an additional $5,000 funding.

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.

Timeline

When are successful recipients announced?

Firstly, applications will be assessed for eligibility. A panel of experts in the fields of innovation, education, environment, safety and community engagement will then review shortlisted applicants.

All applicants will be notified via email by end of May 2019 to advise the outcome of their application.

If successful, the email from us will contain details of the grant amount. This is a one-off payment and it might not be the full amount you applied for. You'll need to sign a Funding Agreement and submit your tax invoice and insurance certificate within two weeks for the grant to be paid.

When will the people's choice vote take place?

All successful recipients will have their project profiled here on our website for the community to vote for their favourite. Voting will open for two weeks towards the end of May so watch this space to have your say!

If you're lucky enough to be selected as the people's choice recipient, we'll arrange a separate contract with you that will let you do even more for your community.

When will I receive the funds?

All recipients can expect to receive funds by end of June, 2019.

Enquiries

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