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Sustainability Victoria (SV) is supporting Community Groups to make their facilities more energy efficient through the Community Climate Change and Energy Action program (Program).
Round 1 funding is available now through 2 streams:
Grants are available for Community Groups that are best placed to deliver energy outcomes in their community. Up to 3 rounds of funding will be available over 2 years or until the grants are fully subscribed.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Friday, 20 August 2021 for round 1. Stream 1 applications will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis, and should be submitted as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Late applications will not be accepted except under exceptional circumstances.
The program aims to:
Stream 1: Audit grants
Stream 2: Implementation grants – Tier 1: Project grants
Stream 2: Implementation grants – Tier 2: Innovation and best practice grants
Applicants are required to meet the following co-contribution requirements:
These timelines are indicative only and may change.
The Victorian Government funding is part of COVID-19 stimulus response measures. Investing $3.1 million in local Community Groups overcomes the barrier of groups not having resources and expertise to improve their facilities. By subsidising up to 50% of the costs for implementing energy-efficient measures, the Program helps to reduce energy operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
This Program is designed to deliver on Victoria’s Climate Change policy targeting net zero emissions by 2050. Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of community facilities is a cost-effective activity that also benefits the whole community.
Funding is available to:
To be eligible for funding applicants must:
The following is ineligible for funding:
Applications will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis against the following criteria:
Describe the facility where the proposed audit will take place and:
Demonstrate why the facility needs an audit including why:
Demonstrate viability to successfully complete the audit including:
Applications will be assessed using a contested, merit-based process against the following criteria:
Demonstrate the project meets fund objectives and outline:
Demonstrate the participants’ capability and capacity to successfully deliver the project including:
Demonstrate why the project is needed including:
Demonstrate viability to successfully deliver the project including:
A risk-based approach will be used to assess the Applicant’s social, economic and environmental risks in relation to the project. This assessment will include Related Entities and may include Project Participants (see section 9: Program definitions). Due diligence checks will apply to Stream 2 only.
Applicants (and their Related Entities and, if applicable, their Project Participants) must:
Assessment of satisfactory level of risk will include but not be limited to SV's consideration of:
SV may conduct due diligence checks on the Project Participants involved in the delivery of the project. The Applicant must ensure that any Project Participants agree to cooperate with this requirement and will provide information at SV’s request.
SV reserves the right not to award funding to Applicants where the due diligence risk (including that of Project Participants) is unsatisfactory or not able to be managed.
Successful Applicants must do the following:
Dates may change.
Round 1 applications open: Thursday 8 July 2021
Information session: 10 am on Wednesday 21 July 2021
Round 1 applications close: 11:59 pm on Friday 20 August 2021
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
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The information bulletin contains our responses to questions not addressed on this page and will be regularly updated. This will be available after the information session.
Date: Wednesday 21 July
Time: 10:00 am
If you are unable to attend, a recording will be available in the information bulletin after the session.
We cannot review drafts or provide feedback.
Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, use the grant name Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program.
Call 03 8656 6757.
The following terms are used in these Guidelines:
The applicant who applies for the funding and is responsible for all details in the submission of an application and the contractual obligations under the funding agreement with Sustainability Victoria if successful for grant funding.
The Applicant’s required financial contribution to the total project income (Stream 2).
A relationship established between a Lead Applicant and Project Partner/s for the purposes of meeting common project objectives and outcomes.
Collaborative Partnerships need to be demonstrated by a formal agreement between the partners that outlines the governance, financial and intellectual property arrangements and roles and responsibilities of each party. A formal agreement must either be in place or be finalised before commencement of the project.
Community groups as defined by the Australian Government Office of Best Practice Regulations 2020[ that own their own premises.
The Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis defines ‘community organisation’ as ‘any organisation engaged in charitable or other community-based activity operating under Australian law and not established for the purpose of making a profit’. This definition can include not-for-profit entities pursuing a range of ‘for-profit’ commercial activities. It can also include organisations engaged in advocacy or other activities that may not be primarily charitable in nature.
Detailed Energy Audits
Detailed Energy Audits are based on a Type 1 or Type 2 Energy Audit as prescribed in the Type 1 and Type 2 requirements under Section 11 of the Australian Standard AS/NZS AS3598:2014. The following considerations apply:
Environmental or safety breach
An environmental or safety breach is any past or current prosecution, reportable incident, investigation, notice, penalty, warning, regulatory intervention or enforcement action from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe) or Fair Work or failure to comply with any environmental, safety and workplace law.
Environmental and safety laws
Environmental and safety laws are the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, Environment Protection Act 1970 or any other legislation, regulation, order, statute, by-law, ordinance or any other legislative or regulatory measure, code, standard or requirement relating to the protection and safety of persons or property or which regulate the environment including laws relating to land use planning, pollution of air or water, soil or groundwater contamination, chemicals, waste, the use, handling, storage or transport of dangerous goods or substances, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon trading, or any other aspect of protection of the environment.
The Applicant’s monetary contribution to the total project income or financial investment in the project.
The listed Applicant for the purposes of a Collaborative Partnership. The Lead Applicant will be responsible for all details in the submission of an application and the contractual obligations under the funding agreement with Sustainability Victoria if successful for grant funding.
The Lead Applicant is also responsible for managing the project outcomes and deliverables of the Collaborative Partnership.
Net zero carbon
A building that is highly energy-efficient and fully powered from on-site renewable sources.
The Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program described in these Guidelines.
An organisation engaged by the Applicant to assist in the delivery of the Applicant’s project, including but not limited to major subcontractors, contractors, product suppliers and consultants.
Entities which are related to the Applicant and includes:
A director, officer, employee, agent, board member or contractor of the Applicant or a Related Entity.
Workplace laws are the Fair Work Act 2009, or any other legislation, regulation order, statute, by-law, ordinance or any other legislative or regulatory measure, code, standard or requirement relating to the provision of fair, relevant and enforceable minimum terms and conditions for all persons and to prevent discrimination against employees.