Expressions of Interest are now being sought for the Powering Communities Program.

EOIs must be submitted by using the online form below by 11pm on Friday 27th August 2021.

A local consultative committee will examine the EOIs and make recommendations to Brendan O'Connor who will then make his nominations.

Nominated Organisations will then need to make an application to the Department. Details will be provided to successful nominees explaining the remaining process.

For a list of other Commonwealth Government grants, please visit

Powering Communities Program

Applications Close 27 August 2021

The program will assist organisations to:

  • upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • undertake energy management activities and assessments, such as energy systems  assessments and feasibility studies
  • invest in energy monitoring and management systems
  • invest in on-site renewable energy and solar-connected batteries.

The grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible project expenditure. Grants will be between $5,000 and $12,000. You must fund any expenditure over the grant amount they are awarded. You should complete your project by 30 June 2022.  

To be eligible you must:

  • be invited to apply by your MP (those who wish to be considered should complete an Expression of Interest using the form below)
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

You must also be one of the following incorporated entities:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property

Incorporated not-for-profit organisations can include:

  • incorporated associations
  • non-distributing co-operatives
  • companies limited by a guarantee
  • Indigenous corporations
  • religious organisations incorporated under legislation.

If you have any further questions regarding the Program please visit here or watch the video

or you can call Brendan O'Connor's office on 8390-6166.


Expression of Interest

Please complete the details below to register your Expression of Interest.

If you successful, we will contact you later to explain the formal process to apply.