Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program

Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program

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What is the Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program?

The Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program is an initiative led by Sustainability Victoria which aims to support local communities in taking action on climate change and transitioning to a more sustainable energy future.

 

Background

The Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program offers grants and resources to community groups, local councils, and other organizations to support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and promote renewable energy.

Projects may include:

  • Community-led renewable energy projects, such as solar panels on public buildings or community-owned wind turbines
  • Energy efficiency upgrades in public buildings or low-income households
  • Education and awareness campaigns to promote sustainable behavior change
  • Waste reduction and recycling initiatives

The Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program also provides training and support for community groups to help them develop and implement projects, as well as networking opportunities for groups to share knowledge and resources. Overall, the program aims to empower local communities to take action on climate change and build a more sustainable and resilient future.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program are to:

  • reduce operational energy costs for Community Groups to save a combined $680,000 in energy costs per year
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,000 tonnes each year
  • improve the energy efficiency of community facilities through an investment of $3.1 million
  • achieve Net Zero Carbon i.e., buildings that are fully powered from on-site renewable sources.

Projects need to meet one or more of these objectives.

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Funding

Grants of up to $20,000 are available per Community Group.

 

Eligible Projects

Funding will support projects that focus on the reduction of energy bills, energy use and/or greenhouse gas emissions of community facilities.

One or more of the following capital purchases/installations/removals that supports emissions reduction:

  • Installation of energy-efficient heating and cooling, such as a reverse cycle air-conditioner.
  • Replacing inefficient hot water systems with heat pump hot water models.
  • Replacing inefficient domestic appliances (e.g., fridge, oven, stovetop) with efficient electric models.
  • Rooftop solar installation.
  • Solar battery storage installation.
  • External awnings, shades.
  • Draught-proofing, insulation installation.
  • Ventilation improvements such as ceiling fans
  • Window tinting, internal curtains/blinds, replacing conventional windows with double glazing.
  • Replacing inefficient lighting with energy-efficient LEDs.

Projects must:

  • be new planned projects that have not yet started and will not commence prior to signing a funding agreement with SV
  • be located in and service Victoria
  • meet regulatory or planning requirements
  • be commissioned and operational/completed by 18 August 2023
  • have costs substantiated by a valid quote from a Service Provider (installer or contractor). In the case of solar and battery installation, Service Providers must be accredited by the Clean Energy Council. Applications that list non-accredited providers for solar or battery projects will be deemed ineligible. Old appliances removed as part of a project must be disposed of or recycled responsibly.

 

Eligible Applicants

The eligible applicants for the Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program include:

  • Local councils: Victorian local councils are eligible to apply for grants under the program to support community projects that address climate change and promote sustainability.
  • Community groups and non-government organizations: Community groups and non-government organizations (NGOs) working in Victoria are eligible to apply for funding to support projects aimed at reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy.
  • Schools and education institutions: Schools and education institutions, including universities and TAFEs, are eligible to apply for funding to support sustainability projects and initiatives.
  • Businesses: Small and medium-sized businesses in Victoria are eligible to apply for funding to support sustainability projects and initiatives.
  • Other organizations: Other organizations such as sporting clubs, hospitals, and religious groups can also apply for funding under the program.

Eligible Applicants must:

  • have received an energy audit grant (Round 1 Stream 1) for their nominated facility to apply for funding in Round 3, and
  • not have previously received an implementation grant (Round 1 Stream 2, Round 2) in respect of the nominated facility.
  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN). If the Applicant is a Trust, the Trustee as the proper Applicant, must meet this requirement.
  • have been operating for a minimum of one year by the application closing date (to be validated by the date that the organisation’s ABN is active from). If the Applicant is a Trust, the Trustee as the proper Applicant must meet this requirement.
  • be able to demonstrate financial viability to undertake the project (will meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirements)
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in Grant Programs
  • agree to comply with the funding terms and conditions:
    • for grants $50,000 or less read the Short-form grant funding agreement.
    • for grants more than $50,000 read the General grant funding agreement.
  • submit their Fair Jobs Code Pre-Assessment Certificate Number with their application if applying for $500,000 or more (exclusive of GST). A Certificate must be held prior to applying for the grant.

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Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program

Timing

Applications close 14 March 2023.

 

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