What is the Traditional Owner Renewable Energy Program?
The Traditional Owner Renewable Energy Program is a grant opportunity to support Traditional Owner Corporations to articulate their plans and aspirations for renewable energy.
The $1.1 million Traditional Owner Renewable Energy Program will make available grant funding to all 11 of Victoria’s current Registered Aboriginal Parties, to enable the empowerment of Traditional Owners to self-determine how they want to be part of Victoria’s renewable energy transition.
The aim is to hear directly from Victoria’s Traditional Owners and support plans and projects for the uptake of renewable energy generation and storage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and deliver social and economic benefits to Aboriginal Victorians.
Each Traditional Owner Corporation (TOC) is eligible for up to $100,000 in funding to formulate plans and aspirations within the renewable energy sector and build a long-term legacy to feed into self-determination processes for Traditional Owners.
The program will fund the implementation of new renewable energy projects that:
- develop a Traditional Owner renewable energy policy or strategy document; and/or
- involve use/uptake of renewable energy generation; and/or
- involve use/uptake of renewable energy storage; and
- promotes benefits to the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians; and
- will be completed by June 2022.
Possible examples of eligible projects could include (but are not limited to):
- engagement of a consultant to develop a renewable energy policy or strategy document;
- salaries of new or existing staff to develop a renewable energy policy or strategy document;
- feasibility studies or business case development for a renewable energy project;
- renewable energy generation (e.g. solar panel/s, battery);
- engagement of a renewable energy consultant for advice;
- facilitation of a community workshop on renewable energy.
In addition to meeting the program objectives organisations must:
- be a Traditional Owner Corporation (i.e. a current Registered Aboriginal Party); and
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
Applicants should review the guidelines carefully to confirm their eligibility.
Applications close 26 February 2021.