Community groups across Nicholls will be supported by a new Federal Government program to lower energy costs, support local jobs, and help reduce emissions.

The Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 in each electorate across the country, including Nicholls.

Grants of between $5000 and $12,000 are available to eligible community organisations, with no co-contribution required.

The grants will assist groups to lower their energy bills by installing solar panels or battery storage, upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or refrigerators with more efficient models, replacing lighting with LEDs, or conducting an energy audit.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said energy bills were often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations.

“Whether it’s a sports club, a senior citizens’ club or a charity group, by helping reduce power bills, these grants will ease the financial pressure on organisations so they can better focus on meeting the needs of our local community,” Mr Drum said.

“We recognise the great work that many community groups across the region do and many have done it tough during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I encourage local community groups to submit an expression of interest to my office by May 5.”

To obtain an expression of interest form, email Damian.Drum.MP@aph.gov.au or call 03 5821 5371.

Federal members of parliament will play a key role in identifying potential projects, along with a committee comprising local community members.

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