Community groups across McPherson will be supported by a new Morrison Government program to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce global emissions.
The Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects in the McPherson electorate, worth a total of $67,700. Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 will be available to eligible community organisations, with no co-contribution required.
The grant will assist 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.
Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews MP said when not-for-profit groups invest in their community, it helps local economies to grow and supports local jobs.
“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations,” Mrs Andrews said.
“Whether it’s a sports club, a senior citizens club or a charity group, by helping to reduce power bills, these grants will ease the financial pressure organisations face so they can better focus on meeting the needs of our local community.”
“I understand the value in the work that many southern Gold Coast community groups do, and know that many have done it tough during COVID19. This program will help them to do what they do best, which is serve and support the community.”
Local community groups are encouraged to download the Powering Communities Program EOI Form and submit it by 5 May 2021.
Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available here or by phone on 13 28 46.