Scenic Rim community groups invited to apply for grants to save on energy

SAVINGS: Grants for upgrades or energy-saver projects can make a big difference to power bills.
SAVINGS: Grants for upgrades or energy-saver projects can make a big difference to power bills.

Federal MP Scott Buchholz has announced expressions of interest are now open for funding under the Morrison government's Powering Communities Program.

The funding aims to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce environmental impact.

Mr Buchholz said $67,700 was up for grabs, to help community groups lower their power usage.

"The Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700," he said.

Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 will be available to eligible community organisations, with no co-contribution required.

"These grants will assist community groups to lower their energy bills by installing solar panels or a battery, upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models, replacing lighting with LEDs or conducting an energy audit.

"This is about supporting our community groups by providing them with better, more modern assets that at the local level will have a positive impact for our environment."

Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said when not-for-profit groups invested in their community, it helped local economies to grow and supported local jobs.

"Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations," he said.

"Whether it be a sports club, a senior citizens club or a charity group, by helping to reduce power bills, the grants will ease the financial pressure these organisations face so they can better focus on meeting the needs of their local communities.

Mr Buchholz encouraged Scenic Rim community groups to submit an expression of interest to his office by April 30.

Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available at business.gov.au or by telephone on 13 28 46.