Community Zero Emissions Grants

The Community Zero Emissions Grants Program will provide funding to eligible community groups and sponsored individuals to lead initiatives which support the ACT’s transition to net zero emissions by 2050. The grants will be delivered through annual targeted rounds with $550,000 of funding available over four years. Up to $25,000 (excluding GST) will be available to eligible applicants.

Applications have closed for the current round however additional funding will be available in mid-2019. For further information or to register interest for future rounds please contact the Actsmart team on 13 22 81 or actsmart@act.gov.au.

Round Two – Successful Projects

Round Two of the Program in 2018/19 targeted innovative projects across the energy, transport, building, land use and waste sectors that focus on improved sustainability and environmental outcomes, along with effective engagement with the community. On 27 August 2018 Minister Rattenbury announced funding for the following seven successful projects.

  • Woden SEE-Change Incorporated received $24,000.00 to transform an existing shed at the Canberra City Farm into an ultra-low energy building (“Super Shed”).
  • Australian PV Institute Limited received $23,530.00 to provide the ACT community with an engaging, easy to use, free online tool (SunSPoT) to inform and accelerate investment in rooftop solar, supporting the transition to zero emissions.
  • Better Renting Limited received $24,875.55 to build the capacity and motivation of a community of renters to make their homes more energy-efficient.
  • Canberra Environment Centre received $24,680.00 to develop a suite of targeted resources to encourage sustainable behaviours at an individual and household level for the Canberra Chinese community.
  • UnitingCare Kippax received $24,692.00 to create a re-locatable administration building for the Mower Shed entirely powered by solar panels and batteries through re-purposing two shipping containers.
  • Mental Health Foundation ACT received $20,750.00 to engage and educate people living with mental illnesses and their carers on waste reduction and sustainable living.
  • Brindabella Christian Education Limited received $25,000.00 to develop a pilot Solar Tree to be installed on the school campus, feeding into an existing Solar Grid and Educational Video Learning Display for students.

Round One – Successful Projects

Round One of the Program in 2017/18 targeted innovative projects across the energy, transport, building, land use and waste sectors that focus on improved sustainability and environmental outcomes, along with effective engagement with the community. On 1 November Minister Rattenbury announced funding for the following six successful projects.

  • The Neighbourhood Effect received $25,000 to develop a free, interactive smartphone app and website to encourage the use of sustainable lifestyle habits, products and initiatives.
  • Canberra Environment Centre received $24,200 to purchase a solar powered composter to service the Acton community’s composting needs.
  • SEE Change received $22,160 to engage project home builders and developers to build more sustainably and promote living with a smaller environmental footprint.
  • Australian Dance Party received $21,550 to change perceptions and behaviours through a dance, short film and community awareness campaign.
  • Oz Harvest limited received $25,000 to purchase equipment for redistributing salvaged food, reducing waste to landfill and supporting vulnerable members of the community