NSW Community Savers Grants program now open

$5.4 million funding for communities to save water and power Funding is now available under the NSW Climate Change Fund for community and other not-for-profit organisations to undertake simple and low-cost water and energy upgrades in their facilities.

Under Community Savers, up to $40,000 (excluding GST) is available for not-for-profit organisations such as community groups, rural organisations and local clubs to make their facilities more energy and/or water efficient. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, installing rainwater tanks and water efficient fixtures, fitting of energy efficient lighting and climate-friendly hot water systems.  A number of Uniting Churches were awarded grants for their facilities in the last round.

Community Savers has already allocated $6.6 million to 281 community projects, which together are estimated to save 1.3 billion litres of water and 48,000 tonnes of carbon pollution in the first 10 years. This is expected to save $1.3 million in water and power bills a year.

Some organisations have been able to slash their water use by an average of 40 per cent and electricity use by an average of 20 per cent.

Applicants are eligible for one funding contribution per site each year. Sites that received funding under the previous round of Community Savers are eligible to apply for this round but preference will be given to those sites that have not yet received any funding.

Applications for Community Savers must be received by 5pm on Monday 25 October 2010.

Visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/ccfpfp.htm to download the Guide for Applicants and application form and to view currently funded Community Saver projects.