Funding for community groups to reduce energy use

Published on 27 February 2019

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Four not-for-profit community organisations will share in $20,000 of grants as part of Indigo Shire Council’s Community Facility Energy Upgrade Grants Program.

Council voted last night to approve funding for Yackandandah Sports Park, Beechworth Community Childcare, Rutherglen Agricultural Society and the Yackandandah Football & Netball Club.

Indigo Shire Mayor Bernard Gaffney said the grants provide a boost for organisations looking to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’re providing funding of between $1,900 and $10,000 to a range of not-for-profit groups for various sustainability projects,” said Cr Gaffney.

“Yackandandah Sports Park will be installing battery storage, Beechworth Community Childcare and Rutherglen Agricultural Society will both use grant funding to upgrade their heating and cooling equipment, and Yackandandah Football & Netball Club will install LED lighting.

“We’re pleased to support community groups to reduce energy usage, which not only has environmental benefits but means they can also reduce their energy costs. By helping reduce costs, we also hope to support their long term financial sustainability, which is win for the whole community.”

The Community Facility Energy Upgrade Grants is part of a new pilot program. Applications were invited from a range of not-for-profit groups across the shire between November and December 2018.

Successful grant recipients:

 

Organisation

Project

Grant amount

Yackandandah Sports Park

Installation of battery storage

$10,000.00

Beechworth Community Child Care

Upgrade of heating and cooling equipment

$4,936.30

Yackandandah Football & Netball Club

LED lighting upgrade

$3108.70

Rutherglen Agricultural Society

Upgrade of heating and cooling equipment

$1955.00