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 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 Three – Applications Now Open

Minister Rattenbury has announced that applications for Round Three of the Community Zero Emissions Grants Program are now open. There is a total of $163,000 funding available for community led projects which support the ACT community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The program priority areas for Round Three are transport and transitioning away from gas, though any project supporting the community to transition to net zero emissions by 2045 are encouraged.

To find out more about the eligibility requirements for Round Three of the Community Zero Emissions Grants Program see the Program Guidelines.

How to apply

Applications are submitted online through the SmartyGrants grants administration system. Start an application for Round Three of the Community Zero Emissions Grants Program.

Sample Deed of Grant

View a sample Deed of Grant that successful applicants will sign prior to receiving funding.

Applications Close at midnight Sunday 30 June 2019.

Information Sessions for Round Three

Two community information sessions will be held to provide an overview of the Community Zero Emissions Grants Program to interested members of the community.

Session One

Time: 12:15pm
Date: Tuesday 14 May 2019
Location: Renewables Innovation Hub, 19 Moore St, Turner ACT

Session Two

Time: 5:30pm
Date: Wednesday 15 May 2019
Location: Ground Floor North Building, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street Dickson ACT

Register your interest through Eventbrite to attend one of these information sessions.

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.