Community Support

Essential Energy’s Community Support Program has changed 
At Essential Energy, we're proud to be a part of more than 1,500 communities across regional and rural NSW. These are the communities where we live and work, maintaining Australia's largest energy distribution network. 

Our focus is on driving efficiency and productivity to keep network charges to a minimum and to deliver safe, reliable, cost efficient electricity distribution services to our customers. To help achieve this, we have reviewed all our discretionary costs and we have moved the Community Hall Scheme into our Community Support Program to ensure we can continue to provide support to the communities within our footprint. 

This means the Community Support Program will now focus on easing the financial burden on not-for-profit, non-commercial halls used by the general community to benefit the local community. 

Through the Program, eligible halls will receive a $200 donation (GST exclusive) to put towards general maintenance costs for the hall. There will be one application period per year which will be open for approximately six weeks. 

To receive notification about the next Community Support application dates in 2017-18, please sign-up for an email alert.  

Community Support Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, your hall must:

  • Be located within Essential Energy’s network area;
  • Be a not-for-profit, non-commercial hall used by the general community to benefit the local community;
  • Be used by community groups for community functions/events, scouts/guides, meetings, sports, service groups (e.g. CWA, Rotary, and Apex) and other community activities;
  • Be able to receive payment via EFT; and
  • Must provide your NMI (National Meter Identifier is a unique number assigned to the hall’s meter and is listed on the energy bill).

Halls are not eligible if they:

  • Are located outside of Essential Energy’s network area;
  • Receive recurring government grants (such as SES, RFS and VRA halls);
  • Are the sole responsibility of local, State or Federal Government funding programs;
  • Do not reflect Essential Energy’s values;
  • Involve any type of unlawful activity;
  • Involve gambling, betting or gaming;
  • Support political and/or religious organisations;
  • Present a safety risk to the community;
  • Denigrate, exclude or offend minority community groups;
  • Create environmental hazards;
  • Do not reflect community standards;
  • Have narrow community involvement;
  • Only support or benefit an individual; or
  • Have or may have any perceived conflict of interest.

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