The Community Zero Emissions Grants Program provides funding to eligible community groups and sponsored individuals to lead initiatives which support the ACT's transition to net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. 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.
Round Four – Successful Projects
Five projects have been successful in Round Four, receiving a total of $127,424 in funding. The successful projects, announced by Minister Rattenbury on 28 August 2020, are:
- The Conservation Council ACT Region and the Canberra Environment Centre received $39,572 for their 'Make the Switch to Zero Emissions Travel' project, which will engage directly with workplaces to provide information and support to commuters to assist them in making sustainable transport choices.
- The Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) ACT Branch received $24,940 for its 'Cut Emissions, Go Electric' project, which will highlight and celebrate the benefits of EVs by conducting a series of interrelated and mutually supporting events (including an innovative Zero Emissions EVenture and Try Ride days), complemented by print and online material and media promotion.
- Localjinni received $24,923 for its Dynamo mobile-projector festival, which will celebrate the health and wellbeing benefits of active travel as well as the economic gains provided by ebikes and car and bike sharing schemes.
- Rebus Theatre Inc received $19,000 for 'Inner Climate', a theatre-based project that will explore psychological, social and political obstacles to reducing carbon emissions.
- Liz Lea Dance received $18,989 for 'And...Breathe', an arts communication project in the form of a short film aimed at speaking to a diverse audience about the imperative of transitioning to net zero emissions by 2045.
Round Three – Successful Projects
The priority areas for Round Three of the Program were transport and transitioning away from gas. On 27 September 2019, Minister Rattenbury announced funding for the following seven successful projects.
- Australian Dance Party Limited received $24,952 for the 'Move to Zero 2.0: It's Electrifying' campaign. Like the first campaign, this iteration of Move to Zero will communicate appealing and accessible ways to reduce emissions, this time with a specific focus on the use of sustainable and active modes of transport, including electric vehicles.
- SEE-Change received $24,985 to run the short film competition and festival, Future Film, which is designed for young people and has the theme of Reimagining Canberra's Future.
- Conservation Council ACT Region received $24,620 for the Make the Switch project, which – through an informative website, case studies, fact sheets and short videos – will support Canberra homeowners on how to switch their homes from gas to electricity.
- Canberra Environment Centre received $24,650 for the Canberra Community Recyclery: a physical place where volunteers can service and repair bicycles in order to make active transport as accessible as possible to the Canberra community.
- JT Clay received $11,650 for 'The Carbon Diet', a real-life communication project about cutting an individual's carbon footprint by 75%.
- The Hackett Compost Collective received $24,260 to install a manually operated, hot and continually productive composter in a community area to engage the Hackett community in organics recycling and low-resource living.
- Pre POWER ONE Co-op received $25,000 to further accelerate community investment in renewable electricity generation by exploring different pathways and mechanisms for a co-operative system.