The Volunteers Grant is expected to be released on 16 December. Community organisations will be able to submit an expression of interest to Zali's Electoral Office. Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will help community organisations buy equipment such as laptops, fridges, dishwashers, pay for fuel costs or training.
Northern Beaches Council wants to encourage schools to become more environmentally friendly by adopting initiatives to measurably reduce the school's carbon footprint. There are grants for up to $2,000 across five streams:
- Bush regeneration
- Carbon reduction
- Waste reduction
- Water re-use and reduction
- Sustainability education
Eligible applicants may submit more than one application for consideration, however, they cannot receive funding for more than one application.
Applications open in 2020 - date to be announced.
$50 million of grants will be available to assist businesses and community organisations to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills. This measure will deliver up to 3 million tonnes of abatement to 2030.
Funding will support activities to help community organisations save energy through:
- equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption, including energy generation and storage projects (for example solar photovoltaic panels, batteries and solar hot water).
- completion of energy systems assessments according to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3598 2014 to investigate energy savings opportunities.
Funding will support activities to help businesses save energy through:
- equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption, excluding energy generation equipment such as solar photovoltaic panels
- investment in energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use
- completion of energy systems assessments according to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3598 2014 or feasibility studies to investigate energy efficiency opportunities.
More information will be available when Program Guidelines are released and the grant becomes open.
Community Languages Multicultural Grants Program
The Australian Government has announced $10 million over two years for a program that will:
- Support the maintenance, development and acquisition of languages other than English
- Connect young Australians to the language and culture of their community and enhance respect for cultural diversity.
In Stream One, all eligible community language schools are expected to receive per capita funding for professional development courses and costs associated with providing language classes.
In Stream Two, all eligible community language schools are expected to be able to apply for a grant up to a maximum of $25, 000 for projects that produce materials for classes or contribute to the professional development of teachers.
The estimated period of release: January to June 2020.