The $3.1 million Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program enables community organisations across Victoria to reduce their operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions. This program is supported through the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program and will contribute to reaching Victoria’s target of zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Over the next 2 years we will deliver grant funds to approximately 100 Victorian community organisations, such as kindergartens, leisure centres, sporting centres, neighbourhood and community houses.
Two funding streams are available:
Projects could include upgrades to heating and cooling systems and equipment, shading, insulation, double glazing, lighting and renewable energy installations such as roof-top solar panels.
By implementing energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities, community organisations will reap significant benefits including:
The Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program builds on the Local Government Energy Saver Program that was offered to municipalities with a lower capacity to respond and adapt to the challenges of climate change.
As a result of facility upgrades across the 22 participating councils the program saved an estimated $40,000 per year in energy bills. The program also made a significant contribution to emissions reductions with an estimated 38,355 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) abated, which is the equivalent of taking 11,622 cars off the road.
The Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program extends support to all Victorian community facilities owned by local government.
Three funding rounds will be available, with round one applications closing on 20 August 2021.
An information session will be held on 21 July at 10:00 am.