What support is available for those who support the community?

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Following a successful launch in 2019, the Community Choices Program is back to support the local community groups, charities and not-for-profit that are part of the fabric of their communities - the animal rescues, the community centres, the sporting clubs and the school P&Cs - who need some extra assistance to continue their services and who are the everyday heroes of our community.

Local community groups across the Essential Energy network area are being encouraged to apply for funding of up to $2,500 through Essential Energy’s Community Choices program, which launched on Thursday 30 April. Nominations close on 29 May. Once nominated, the community gets to vote for their favourite community group for two weeks, closing on Thursday 18 June.

“Essential Energy recognises that many communities are currently doing it tough. They’ve experienced droughts and fires and have probably been impacted by the health and economic crisis that is COVID-19. As an organisation, we’re doing what we can to support those grassroots organisations that support our communities,” said Chantelle Bramley, General Manager Strategy, Regulation and Corporate Affairs.

“Our employees live and work across regional, rural and remote NSW. We understand how important these organisations are for strong communities, and we’re proud to provide this funding.”

Many organisations across our footprint benefited from this funding in 2019.

Lismore Rugby Club was able to purchase new uniforms for their players, something many other sporting organisations across rural, regional and remote New South Wales may need a hand with in this current climate.

The program is open to any charity, registered not-for-profit or community group within Essential Energy’s network area and sees the public voting online for who they’d like to receive a share of the $175,000 state-wide funding pool.

Eden Community Access Centre used their funding to purchase a computer and printer, which has increased the services they are able to provide to local residents.

The entire process, from nominating to voting, can be completed online, so people can show their love for the local community groups and still stay safe and within the current social distancing requirements.

2020 nominees must be able to receive payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT), and provide photos, commentary and stories about their organisations and the work they do.

Rural Outback Animal Rescue from the Moree area saves animals from euthanasia. They put their funding towards a new vehicle which is now used to collect and transport rescue animals from surrounding pounds throughout the Western Region.

Nominations for the Community Choices Program are open until 29 May, and voting is open from 4 June to 18 June. Visit essentialenergy.com.au/choices to learn more.