You're proud to be a part of your community, and so are we. That's why we're happy to announce this year's Community Grants Program, designed for communities in the Geelong, Jamestown, Burra, and Illawarra regions. If you have an initiative for your community, we'd love to hear from you!
At EnergyAustralia, we have a strong history of supporting the communities in which we live and operate with local sponsorship programs, but for the last few years we have focused on education and social inclusion. This is because we strongly believe that access to everyday essentials such as education and social inclusion is a right we all have. This program helps provide that access and makes a big difference in creating vibrant places to live and work in.
Go for grants! - Sharon Austin, Burra Spring Garden Team
Promoting education and knowledge
Education is one of the priority areas for our grants, with funding for initiatives that promote education or acquiring knowledge. This is a broad definition that can include anything from full educational programs, to educational support and resources, like the Tullimbah Land Care (TLC) group in Tallawarra.
Tullimbah Landcare do bush regeneration work in the Elizabeth Brownlee Reserve at Albion Park, NSW, removing weeds, planting native species, and removing rubbish.
Education is an important aspect of TLC's work. In September, TLC holds an event called Bushcare Major Day Out, and for this day in 2017 installed information signs using funding from the EnergyAustralia Tallawarra Community Grants program.
"We have school groups come to the Reserve, and education days. There are plant ID signs throughout the Reserve, which can be a self-guided tour for the community to learn the names of the plants – some of these were also bought with the Tallawarra Community Grant funding," says Ruth Jenkins, the Secretary and Coordinator of TLC.
We were happy to support this simple but very effective way to educate the community about Tallawarra's native flora and its importance.
Give [grants] a go. - David Trott, Wombat's Wish
Facilitating social inclusion
Another priority area for our community grants is social inclusion, providing funding for initiatives that address social isolation, ensuring equal access to resources and helping members of the community in hardship. In the past, this has included projects such as improving communal facilities or local amenities, and supporting vulnerable community members, like Wombat’s Wish.
Wombat's Wish is a program for children in the Geelong area who have suffered the death of a parent. The program allows children and their families to escape their day-to-day lives and to find a way to live with loss and grief, move forward, and take the next steps on their bereavement journey. One of the ways it does this is through weekend camps, which we at EnergyAustralia are proud to support through a community grant.
“This $10,000 will directly support five families and their children to attend a Wombat's Wish camp in 2018,” says David Trott, Director of Wombat’s Wish. “A wonderful outcome.”
Apply for your community grant
Applications for grants of up to $10,000 open on April 16 for all regions, and close May 14 for the Geelong and Tallawarra region, and June 1 for the Hallett region. Applying is easy and involves filling out a simple form and emailing it to us. Visit our Community Grants page to download the form and get more information about our grants in your area.
If you have a community initiative, Sharon Austin of the Burra Spring Garden Team – another recipient of one of our community grants – has some advice.
“I say absolutely 'Go for grants'. You can really make things happen in your community.”
We look forward to your submission and helping make your community even more vibrant.
Want to read more?
Find out about our Geelong grants
Find out about our Hallett grants
Find out about our Tallawarra grants