Electricity distributor Essential Energy has launched its third annual Community Choices program, which supports local groups across its footprint by offering funds up to $2,500 for successful candidates.
A total funding pool of $175,000 is up for grabs, with funding available in 20 zones supporting up to 140 community organisations. Eligible groups such as charities, not-for-profit and community groups like CWA, community centres, school P&Cs and sporting clubs can nominate to take part in the community-led voting.
Participants can rally their supporters to take part in the public voting online for two weeks from 18th May. “The entire process can be completed online – from community groups and charities nominating to the community voting. It’s a great and COVID-safe way to raise funds,” said Operations Manager Central, Bronwyn Sigmund.
“There are many groups across our footprint that are really in need of this funding – which is why Essential Energy is asking the community to choose the groups they think should receive a boost.” Bronwyn said.
This year, Essential Energy has introduced an additional Small Communities category. Local groups in towns with populations of less than 20,000 people can nominate for this additional category by simply ticking a box during the nomination process. The Small Communities category provides an additional opportunity for groups whose voting base may be smaller than groups in larger communities to be awarded funding.
Funding packages range from $500 to $2,500 available depending on votes. Nominees must be able to receive payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT), and provide photos and stories about their organisations and the work they do.
Nominations are open from 12th April until 10th May, and voting will be open from 18th to 31st May. Visit essentialenergy.com.au/choices to learn more or make a nomination.