The Dysart Devils soccer players and their families had an unusual start to one of their training days during the 2014 season.

Rather than kick balls around the park while waiting for their coaches to start their weekly training session, they gathered around to hear a talk about renewable energy.

The talk was one element of a program of activities the club developed for its successful application for a grant from Ergon Energy's Community Fund.

The big ticket items purchased from the Community Fund grant were a new, four-star energy efficient refrigerator and replacement shower heads and hot water taps for the clubhouse.

Another novel idea to raise awareness of energy efficiency was to ask each of the junior players to complete a form noting the star rating of their home fridge, with a random draw offering a free slushy to one player.

The Dysart Junior Soccer Club was one of 12 not-for-profit groups across regional Queensland to receive funding of up to $5000 from the Community Fund earlier this year.

Applications are now open for next year's round of grants with a total of $50,000 to once again be shared by the successful bidders.

Grants can be for between $200 and $5000 and must deliver electrical safety or energy efficiency initiatives.

Examples of the types of projects that could attract funding include those that:

  • Reduce energy consumption, particularly during the peak period between 4pm and 8pm.
  • Upgrade equipment to more energy efficient models.
  • Educate and encourage people to change the way they use energy.
  • Use or promote renewable energy alternatives (solar, wind, hydro and biomass).
  • Keep the community safe around electricity.

Applications for the next funding round will close at 5pm on December 15.

For more details or to obtain an application form, visit the community fund page on Ergon Energy website.

To increase your group's chances of success, try to come up with something innovative that will not only be of benefit to your group, but will inspire your local community to adopt energy efficient and electrically safe behaviours – just like the Dysart Devils.