Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants

What is the Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants?

The Energy Efficient Communities Program – Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020 is a program that will provide community groups with grants for energy efficient equipment, energy generation and storage systems, and energy audits.



The Energy Efficient Communities Program will run over 4 years from 2019-20 to 2022-23. The program will assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies, and to better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills.

There are two streams to the program:

  • Community Organisations Stream to help community organisations save energy through:
    • energy generation and storage systems
    • equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption
    • energy audits.
  • Business Stream to help businesses save energy through:
    • equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption, excluding energy generation equipment such as solar photovoltaic panels
    • energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use
    • energy audits.



The objective of the Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grantsopportunity is to support community organisations across Australia to:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • improve energy efficient practices
  • increase the uptake of energy efficient technologies



There is an estimated $3.8 million available for this grant opportunity and there’ll be a maximum of 2 projects funded per electorate.

  • The maximum grant amount is $12,500
  • The maximum project period is 12 months


Eligible Projects

You can use your grant for one or more of the following:

  • design, supply and installation of new solar photovoltaic generator systems
  • purchase and installation of new battery systems and battery storage systems
  • purchase and installation of new solar hot water heaters or air source hot water heat pumps, to replace existing equipment
  • purchase and installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting equipment or energy efficient lighting controls to replace existing equipment
  • design, supply and installation of high efficiency split system air conditioning units to replace existing equipment energy audits
  • energy audits


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation

You’re also eligible if you’re a rural fire service, country fire authority or other state/territory equivalent.

If applying as an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, you will be required to demonstrate your ‘not for profit’ status through one of the following:

  • State or Territory incorporated association registration number or certificate of incorporation, e.g. clubs and other associations
  • current Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission’s (ACNC) registration, e.g. for organisations registered as a charity
  • constitutional documents that demonstrate the not-for-profit character of the organisation
  • legislation that demonstrates the not-for-profit nature of the organisation, e.g. religious organisations incorporated under legislation.



Applications close 18 May 2020.


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