Community Hall Program

Community hall

Our Community Hall Program will form a part of Essential Communities – with the purpose of giving 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.

Through the program, eligible halls will receive $200 (GST exclusive) in support to put towards general maintenance costs. There will be one application period per year. 

Applications for the 2018 program are now closed. We thank all applicants for the time taken to apply and look forward to delivering essential support to these vital communities.

Would you like to apply for the Community Hall Program in 2019? Register for email updates on our Essential Communities program to hear about funding streams available and how Essential Energy can help support your community.

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)
  • Provide content such as photos, videos and commentary about the stories happening in the hall by the requested date outlined in the acceptance letter
  • Provide a photo, scan or pdf of 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 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
  • Fail to provide content such as photos and commentary about the stories happening in the hall – halls will be ineligible to apply in the following year if this is not provided by the requested date

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. 

Related information

Essential Communities Program
Community Support Program