Essential Energy Community Choices Project

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Essential Energy have launched Community Choices 2023 to support community groups with funding pool worth $250,000! The intention of the funding is to support a wide range of community-based groups and projects that increase social inclusion, assist communities in need, and enhance community engagement within the Essential Energy network area.

Eligible groups can receive a share of $250,000 in funding

Essential Energy’s Community Choices program is back in 2023 to support local community groups with DOUBLE the funding compared to last year!

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Eligible organisations must be located in one of the 20 zones in Essential Energy’s network area and can include:

  • Sporting clubs
  • Community associations
  • Community halls
  • Country Women’s Associations
  • Men’s sheds
  • Animal shelters
  • Surf lifesaving clubs
  • … and plenty of others

For the full list of eligible organisations and other criteria, please read the full program criteria.

The Community Choices program aims to assist grassroots organisations that support our communities, with a total of $250,000 to be shared by eligible groups in 20 zones across the Essential Energy network area (which includes Junee Shire), including a dedicated category for groups located in small communities with populations of less than 10,000 (again this includes most of Junee Shire).

Each zone will receive a portion of the total $250,000 funding pool i.e. $12,500, to be awarded to the first three eligible participants (in each zone) with the most votes:

  1. First funding allocation: $5,000
    (double of last year’s $2,500 allocation)
  2. Second funding allocation: $3,500
    ($1,500 more than last year’s allocation)
  3. Third funding allocation: $2,750
    (up $1,000 from last year’s allocation)
  4. Small Communities Funding: $1,250
    (more than three times the amount allocated last year)

Funding allocation will be awarded to groups, meeting eligibility criteria, with the most votes ranked in order.

Previous Local Success with Community Choices

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In the last three rounds of the Community Choices program, not for profit community organisations and sporting club from with Junee Shire have faired extremely well with high voting responses, which has subsequently translated in to local projects been successfully funded.

Starting in 2020, Junee Junior Netball Association, not only placed second in our local Zone, but also second over all in the entire network!!! where they received $2,000 funding!

read about junee junior netball’s success in 2020 »

In 2021, three groups from across Junee Shire received funding — Junee Junior Netball Association received $2,500; Riverina Working Equitation received $1,500 in funding; and Gasworks Motorsport received $600!

learn about the success in 2021 of three organisations from junee shire »

Last year, 2022, saw another three community organisations across two zones successfully obtain funding — In Zone 8, Junee Jokers Bowling Club received $2,000 and Cooinda Court Aged Care obtained $500. In Zone 4, which also saw organisations in Coolamon and Wagga Wagga vying for votes, Junee Motor Club (who currently manage Yathella Hall) received $300 in funding!

read more about junee shire’s nfp’s success in the 2022 round »

Nominate YOUR Community Group or Sporting Club NOW!!!

Don’t wait — Help support YOUR favourite local community groups and sporting clubs from across Junee Shire by nominating them TODAY!!!

Be sure to read all the Related Information documents especially the Community Choices Program Terms and Conditions and the FAQs before nominating your favourite group(s).

And, YES, Junee is classified as a “small community with a population of 10,000 or less”… so be sure to tick that box to qualify for the Small Communities Funding allocation too!

Nominations close Monday June 26, 2023 at 5pm; with voting opening on Monday July 3, 2023 at Midday.

nominate your group for essential energy’s community choices now »

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