Energy and Environment Grants - Expressions of Interest due 28 March 2019

Rowan Ramsey's office have advised of three different Energy and Environment Grants recently announced by the federal government through the $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package that you might be interested in.
Solar Communities Program 
Grants of up to $12,500 
Expression of Interest (EOI) forms due before 28 March 2019
 
The government has made funding available to help community groups who struggle under the weight of high power prices. While only a few grants are available in each electorate it is important to make an Expression of Interest (EOI), as they say - you need to be in it to win it. Grants of up to $12,500 are available to fund new solar PV, solar hot water and battery systems. Solar systems can generate electricity during the day and the battery systems can store electricity to run lights, refrigeration and air conditioning systems into the evening.
 
Community groups are encouraged to put in an EOI with their federal member before 28 March so we encourage you to fill in the form on Rowan's website and return to one of his offices as soon as possible. 
 
Who is eligible?
  • You must be a community organisation that is a legal entity, able to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth
  • Your organisation pays the power bills
  • If you do not own the building in which you operate you must be able to gain consent from the owner to make modifications/installations to the building
  • If the building is under lease the lease agreement must be for a minimum of 10 years or information provided as to how long you have occupied premises and who from
When will I know if my EOI is accepted?
Organisations will be notified of their successful or unsuccessful application by early May 2019. After this time a more formal grant process will be administered by the Department of Environment. Details of this process and roll out dates will be provided after successful EOI’s have been notified.
 
All EOI’s will be assessed on their individual merits including size of systems, estimated cost, electricity saved and the number of community members that may benefit.
 
Those applying need to be aware there are only a small number awarded in each electorate.
Communities' Environment Program 
Grants of $2,500 - $20,000  
Expression of Interest (EOI) forms due before 28 March 2019

 
The Communities’ Environment Program will support local communities to deliver a wide range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment.
 
Under the Communities Environment Program, each electorate will receive $150,000 grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects for environmental priorities such as:
  • waste and litter reduction
  • protecting native animals, including our threatened species
  • addressing weeds and pest animals
  • restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
  • greening parks and urban areas.
This Program aims to support the environmental priorities of local community and environment groups in their regions and neighbourhoods. It aims to not only recover and strengthen our environment, but also to build and strengthen our communities.
 
The minimum grant amount for this Program is $2,500 and the maximum grant amount is set at $20,000. Projects are nominated for funding by the Local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community.
 
Initial Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open and should be returned to Rowan's office as soon as possible, the deadline is 28 March 2019 – the EOI form can be found on Rowan's website.
 
Who is eligible?
  • You must be a community organisation that is a legal entity, able to enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.
  • Community clubs (including Lions clubs, rotary clubs, scouts and guides groups, sports clubs), not-for-profit organisations such as Indigenous organisations, Landcare groups (including bushcare, coastcare, ‘friends of’ groups), schools, councils, and other community and conservation groups are all encouraged to apply.
When will I know if my EOI is accepted?
  • I will be considering the EOI forms and deciding which projects to nominate after consulting with the community through a panel.
  • If your organisation is nominated, you’ll be invited by me to apply formally when the program officially opens in mid-2019 through the Australian Government Business Grants Hub. Nominated projects will need to meet Program Guidelines and eligibility criteria, which will be made available closer to the opening date.
How to submit an Expression of Interest for the above two grants

Expressions of interest forms must be returned before 28 March.
The forms that are available on Rowan's website can be emailed, posted or dropped in to one of his offices. Please note there are two different forms on the website so please make sure you fill out the correct form for the grant you are expressing an interest about. 
Email Rowan.ramsey.mp@aph.gov.au
Post Office of Rowan Ramsey MP, PO Box 296, Port Pirie SA 5540
Office locations Port Pirie -104 Ellen St, Whyalla - 45a Playford Ave, or Kadina - 43 Taylor St.
Coming Soon - Energy Efficient Communities Program 
Grants for businesses
 
The Energy Efficient Communities Program will award grants to businesses of $20,000 for small business and up to $25,000 for larger businesses to support activities to save energy through:
  • Equipment upgrades which reduce energy consumption
  • Investment in energy and emissions monitoring
  • Energy systems assessments
Stakeholder consultation on the design of the grant program will occur in August 2019 with the program commencing in January 2020.
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