Regional Community Energy
This program funds community energy projects in regional NSW to increase renewable energy generation, improve energy security and help communities to save money on electricity bills.
The program has three streams:
- Grants from the Regional Community Energy Fund for projects that are innovative or generate on-demand renewable energy and benefit the local community.
- Funding for community energy hubs that improve household and small business access to expert energy advice.
- Funding for regional and remote communities to install emergency backup systems for key evacuation locations to increase disaster resilience.
The Regional Community Energy Fund opened in February 2019 and the other two streams will open in the second half of 2019.
The Regional Community Energy Fund provides grants to community energy projects that create innovative and/or dispatchable renewable energy and benefit the local community. The fund will award a total of $20 million over three and a half years for capital expenditure, with two funding rounds.
Each funding round is expected to provide up to $10 million of grant funding. While unlikely, the Department may fully disburse the total grant funding of $20 million in round one, subject to the merit of applications received.
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How to apply
Applications for the first round of funding are now open. Please register, then apply through our online grants system, SmartyGrants.
After registering, you will be able to download an application pack which includes guidance on how to complete the application.
The deadline for submitting applications for round one is 23:59 (AEST) 3 May 2019.
Below is an overview of the application process:
Step 1. Complete SmartyGrants registration.
Step 2. Log in to online portal and register your project (please note this is a separate registration to Step 1).
Step 3. Download application pack.
Step 4. Complete online application (you can save it and return at any time).
Step 5. Attach supporting documentation (use the templates provided in the application pack).
Step 6. Submit your application by 3 May 2019.
Step 7: The Department will assess the applications and expects to inform you of the outcome by 30 August 2019.
If you have questions or would like to receive additional information about the program please email communityenergy.program [at] planning.nsw.gov.au.
If you are having technical issues with the SmartyGrants online application please email the SmartyGrants team at service [at] smartygrants.com.au or call 03 9320 6888.