Community Hall Program

Community halls

Essential Energy’s Community Hall Program aims to give back to the local halls that make up the social fabric of regional, rural and remote NSW and provide a valuable venue for the provision of localised services for their surrounding areas. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to partnering with the local communities where we live and work as we operate and maintain one of Australia’s largest electricity distribution networks.

Applications for the Community Hall Program are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early May 2021. Through the program, eligible halls will receive a $200 donation to put towards general maintenance costs for the hall.

Community Hall 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 and is being used for multiple events and by multiple groups
  • Be used by community groups for community functions/events, meetings and other community activities
  • Be able to receive payment via EFT only (Council bank accounts are eligible)
  • Provide your NMI (National Meter Identifier is a unique number assigned to the hall’s meter and is listed on the energy bill provided by your electricity retailer)
  • Be able to provide content such as photos, videos and commentary about the stories happening in the hall
  • Provide a photocopy of either a deposit slip or bank account header (with financial details covered) showing the BSB and account name and account number for the group or hall along with their application form

Please note: halls run by Council Section 355 Committees are eligible, however Councils are not eligible to apply.

Halls are not eligible if they:

  • Are located outside of Essential Energy’s network area
  • Located on school, showground or church grounds
  • Are the sole responsibility of Local, State or Federal Government
  • Receive recurring government grants (such as SES, RFS and VRA halls)
  • Provide personal bank account details
  • Do not reflect Essential Energy’s values
  • Involve any type of unlawful activity
  • Involve gambling, betting or gaming
  • Solely 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
  • Have or may have any perceived conflict of interest

Approval is at the complete discretion of Essential Energy. Applicants who receive the Community Hall funding agree to Essential Energy sharing the groups’ story and the publishing of associated content and photos. 

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Related information

Essential Communities Program
Community Support Program