Round 2 of the program enables more communities to invest in energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.
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For every $1 funded, the Applicant must contribute $1. In-kind contributions will not be considered as part of the financial co-contribution.
Sustainability Victoria (SV) is supporting Community Groups to make their facilities more energy efficient through the Community Climate Change and Energy Action program (the Program).
Project implementation 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.
Round 2 of the Program will open for applications on Thursday 17 February 2022. The following are the guidelines for applying for this funding round.
Round 2 of this grant closed on 4 April 2022. View the fund recipients.
Find out more in the Information bulletin.
The objectives of the Program are to:
Projects need to meet one or more of these objectives.
Grants of up to $50,000 are available per Community Group.
Applicants are required to meet the following co-contribution requirements:
Funding is available to:
Eligible applicants do not need to have received an Audit grant (Stream 1) in Round 1 to apply for funding in Round 2.
To be eligible for funding Applicants must:
Applicants who do not agree with the Grant Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions will be asked to provide full details of proposed amendments that would render the contractual provision acceptable to the Applicant in the SmartyGrants application form. Applicants should note that significant or substantive variations will not be viewed favourably unless the Applicant is able to demonstrate the necessity for such variations. Should applicants be successful, no further amendments to SV’s standard terms and conditions will be considered beyond the variations included in the application form.
We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Sustainability Victoria manages several grant programs. Although you can apply for more than one grant for a project, you can only receive one grant for each project. If you’ve already applied for an SV grant and now find this grant is more relevant or suitable, you can withdraw your application by emailing us.
Funding will support projects that focus on the reduction of energy bills, energy use and/or greenhouse gas emissions of community facilities.
Eligible Community Groups can only apply for one facility in this round of funding. LGAs may apply on behalf of multiple Community Groups.
The following costs are ineligible for funding:
Applications will be assessed using a contested, merit-based process against the criteria below. Preference will be given to projects that deliver higher value for money and greater reduction in energy use.
Demonstrate the project meets fund objectives and outline:
Describe why the project is needed including:
Demonstrate the abilities of the Applicant to deliver the project including:
Demonstrate how the project will be successfully delivered including:
SV may overlay rankings to achieve an overall mix of projects that represent:
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 the Applicant’s Related Entities and may include Project Partners and/or Project Participants (see Section 9: Definitions).
Applicants (and their Related Entities and, if applicable, their Project Partners and/or Project Participants) must:
Assessment of satisfactory level of risk will include but not be limited to Sustainability Victoria’s consideration of:
Sustainability Victoria may conduct due diligence checks on the Project Partners and/or Project Participants involved in the delivery of the project. The Applicant must ensure that any Project Partners and/or Project Participants agree to cooperate with this requirement and will provide information at Sustainability Victoria’s request.
Sustainability Victoria reserves the right not to award funding to Applicants where the due diligence risk (including that of Project Partners and Project Participants) is unsatisfactory or not able to be managed.
Successful applicants approved for funding must do the following:
Dates may change.
Applications open: Thursday 17 February 2022.
Applications close: Monday 4 April 2022.
Information session: Thursday 24 February 2022
Project delivery: September 2022 – May 2023
Notification of outcome: Expected August 2022. We will provide applicants with updates as often as possible and when necessary.
Before applying, we recommend you attend the information session.
This grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
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There will be one online information session. A recording will be available after the session.
Date: Thursday, 24 February 2022
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Answers to questions we receive at our information sessions and via phone and email are published in our Information bulletin.
We only publish answers to questions that are not already covered in these grant guidelines.
We cannot review drafts or provide feedback.
Phone: +61 3 8656 6757 Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In the subject line, use the grant name Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program.
This fund was released as part of the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 stimulus response measures. Investing $3.1 million in local Community Groups overcomes the barrier of groups not having the 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.
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 SV if successful for grant funding. In the case that the Applicant is a Community Group whose facility is owned by a local government authority (LGA), the LGA will execute the funding agreement with SV and will assume legal and financial responsibility for administering the grant on behalf of the applicant.
The Applicant’s required financial contribution to the total project income.
Community Groups as defined by the Australian Government Office of Best Practice Regulations 2020.
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.
Crown Land is land that is owned and managed by the State Government, which is generally not freehold title. Most of the land held by the Victorian Government is Crown Land reserved for national parks and State forests. Alpine Resort Management Boards (ARMBs) are Crown land reserves.
For more information about how the Victorian Government manages Crown Land, see Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Land Management.
Environmental, Safety or Workplace 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), Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe) or Fair Work or failure to comply with any environmental, safety and workplace laws.
Environmental and Safety Laws
Environmental and safety laws are the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, Environment Protection Act 2017 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.
Net Zero Carbon
A building that is highly energy-efficient and fully powered from on-site renewable sources.
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, including:
Related Person means 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.
In the email subject line, use the grant name Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program.