Community Sustainability Grants Program

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This grant scheme has been running for three years and over time has adapted delivery to community response and environmental priorities.

As a response to evaluation of the previous rounds and feedback collected as part of the “Climate Emergency” action planning and “Emissions Reduction Plan” engagement process, the grant scheme has evolved to become the Community Sustainability Grant Program.  This grant scheme provides financial assistance to community groups and organisations to implement and build capacity for renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste and climate change related projects.

Objectives

The intention of the funding is to support:

  • Projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community and work towards a zero emissions future through; improved sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and supporting emerging emissions reduction technology.
  • Capital projects that reduce the energy costs for community facilities and strengthen their long term financial sustainability and climate adaptation.
  • Building capacity of community groups working towards sustainability outcomes aligned to Indigo Shire’s policies, plans and strategies.
  • Events and engagement activities that increase awareness and education within the community that promote a transition towards increased energy efficiency and sustainability, and a zero emissions future, including:
  • Raising community awareness of the relevance of climate change, the impacts it will have on our environment and way of life, and the opportunities it will present.
  • Encouraging participation in sustainability activities and events that enable a transition towards a zero emissions future.
  • Enabling community members to acquire or develop new skills in relation to increased sustainability and emissions reduction to promote continued action across our communities.

Grant recipients 2021/22

Group:Wahgunyah Progress Association Incorporated

Project title: Light up the Public Facility

Grant amount: $1386

Aims: Installation of a 12v solar power supply and battery storage to light the Railway Reserve toilets (Wahgunyah).

This project enhances a community asset and efforts to date It also supports Indigo Shire Council’s objectives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as to raise sustainability awareness and capacity in our communities. This project is a fantastic example of a community group addressing a need with a low/no emissions solution.

 

Group: Stanley Hall and Athenaeum Committee of Management

Project title: Powering Stanley Community - Solar on Stanley Hall

Grant amount: $5,000 (Community Co-contribution: $1,462)

Aims: To install a 6.6kW solar PV system.

This project supports the facility’s committee of management to increase the operational sustainability, reduce emissions and save money on their electricity bill.  This project displays a committee proactively looking to reduce its long term sustainability.  These outcomes support Indigo Shire Council’s objectives to lower emissions, support the uptake of renewable technology and to enhance climate change mitigation activities, as well as to raise sustainability awareness and capacity across our communities.

 

Group: Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups

Project title: Encouraging community resilience and climate change awareness through urban Landcare in Kiewa / Tangambalanga. (Event)

Grant amount: $1000

Aims: To deliver community engagement activities focusing on a community plant giveaway event and activities to engage with the wider community to educate and encourage activation of Landcare programs.  

These activities will build knowledge and capacity within the community to embrace native plants for gardens, resulting is less water use, less pesticide and fertiliser use, more resilient gardens, and more suitable habitat and resources for native animals. By engaging the community on these issues, the project also shares knowledge and creates appreciation for Australian native plants in and ecosystems. This project supports Indigo Shire Council’s objectives to reduce water use, support biodiversity, and mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. This project was also an excellent example of building community awareness, knowledge and capacity in biodiversity preservation

 

Group:Yackandandah Cemetery Trust

Project: Energy for Life - Recharging the Cemetery Long After Your Battery Goes Flat

Grant amount: $8000 (Co-contribution: Up to $15,000 plus in-kind)

Description: Installation of a small solar photovoltaic PV and battery storage system on the Cemetery Grounds Maintenance Shed to charge battery operated grounds maintenance equipment and power tools.

This pilot project reduces power and non-renewable fuel consumption through, solar generation, storage, and the use of innovative equipment and new practices. Further, the project supports the overarching objectives of the local community energy group (TRY). The project promotes Indigo Shire Council’s strategic ambitions by, encouraging the uptake of renewable and emerging technology and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while raising sustainability awareness. Further, this project demonstrates excellence in collaboration across multiple user groups and organisations in the sharing of knowledge and resources and securing the sizeable co-contribution for project delivery.

 

Group: Lions Club of Beechworth Inc

Project: Gang Plate Layers Cottages Step to the 21st – Solar power

Grant amount: $3,937

Aims: Installation of a 3.3kw solar PV system.

The system will support the operation of this community facility which is expected to host a number of user groups. It also demonstrates how the restoration and operation of valuable heritage assets can achieve improved sustainability. This project supports Indigo Shire Council’s objectives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to mitigate the impacts of climate change, improve the sustainability of our built environment and to raise sustainability awareness and capacity in our communities.