As a powerfully local organisation, we’re committed to supporting the people, projects and organisations making an impact in our community. In 2021, we’ve increased our commitment to the Community Grants Program to better support the local grassroots organisations empowering our community. We’ve also taken on your feedback to build a bigger and brighter program for the new year.
Our Community Grants Program gives community organisations the opportunity to apply for funding of up to $10,000 for specific projects that support the capital region community. We’re committed to providing support across a number of community areas. Applicants need to identify one of the below categories that reflects their organisation or project’s intended area of focus.
The categories are:
- environmental sustainability
- at-risk and disadvantaged populations (women, elderly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, LQBTQI+, homeless etc.)
- community engagement.
Organisations will need to propose a project that funding will be used towards. This may be a new or existing project that will need to be supported by a justified budget and delivery outline.
ActewAGL Community Grants Program timeline
9am, 3 May 2021.
11:59pm, 30 June 2021.
Applications reviewed by selection panel:
Awarding and payment of grants:
All proposals will be reviewed based on their eligibility, the proposed project and merit of application. Please note, funding will not be awarded for ‘business as usual’ purposes or to fund general operations. Due to the substantial number of applicants, feedback will not be provided to unsuccessful applicants and late submissions will not be accepted (submissions close at 11:59pm, 30 June 2021).
Funding is limited and not all applicants will receive funding. ActewAGL may elect to partially fund applications where deemed appropriate by the selection panel. Organisations will be contacted in July 2021 regarding the outcome of their application.
All successful applicants will be required to accept the following agreement and submit an acquittal form, in accordance with the agreement terms and timelines.
To be eligible for an ActewAGL Community Grant, your organisation must meet the following criteria:
- Be located in the ACT or surrounding NSW region*.
- Be an ActewAGL electricity and/or gas customer (business or residential).
- Be a local charity or not-for-profit organisation registered with Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) and be classified as a small or medium sized organisation (under $1 million in annual revenue) by the ACNC. Organisations listed as ‘large’ are ineligible for the ActewAGL Community Grants Program.
*ActewAGL’s supply region by postcode is; 2535, 2536, 2537, 2538, 2539, 2540, 2541, 2545, 2546, 2548, 2549, 2550, 2551, 2580, 2581, 2582, 2583, 2584, 2585, 2586, 2587, 2594, 2611, 2618, 2619, 2620, 2621, 2622, 2623, 2624, 2625, 2626, 2627, 2628, 2629, 2630, 2631, 2632, 2633, 2720.
- Identify a category area for your organisation and propose a targeted program that funds will support (listed above and on the application form).
- Agree to deliver reports on the use of grant funds and be appropriately accommodating to any reasonable requests made by ActewAGL.
- Disclose any involvement of an employee of the ActewAGL Joint Venture (ActewAGL, Evoenergy or Icon Water), with your organisation as a board or high-level member.
- Not be an organisation in direct competition with ActewAGL.
- Not be sponsored by or involved with our competitors.
- Not be a registered political party, sporting club or team.
- Not be engaged in activities which may be detrimental to public health or safety.
- Have honoured any past agreements.
- Have wide community engagement.
- Not have an adverse reputation in relation to discrimination or other matters deemed significant.
- Organisation must not undertake activities that are inappropriate or contrary to the law.
- Explain the project your organisation will use the grant funds for, including the target audience, measurable outcomes, on-going benefits (if any) and any supporting partners that will co-contribute financially, or otherwise, to the project.
- Explain thoroughly how your project will contribute positively to the capital region community, highlighting how it fits within the selected focus category (community engagement, at-risk and disadvantaged populations, environmental sustainability or innovation).
- Demonstrate your connection with the capital region community and how your project will benefit your identified target community.
- Have a justified budget and timeline prepared for your project.
Who received a grant in 2020?
We funded 13 local organisations in our inaugural grants round in 2020. Here are some of the local organisations we supported.
Learn more about how we empower our community with our other Community Support and Engagement programs.