Community Choices Program

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Essential Energy’s Community Choices program provides an opportunity for customers to nominate and vote for community groups, community halls, not-for-profit and registered charities, in our network area, that could benefit from a funding boost. In 2023, funding has been increased to $250,000 with awards based on community votes. Funding will be shared across 20 zones.

We are excited to announce our Community Choices Champions for 2023!

This year we received 490 nominations and almost 170,000 votes were cast during the voting period. Thank you to everyone who got involved to show support for the local causes they thought could do with a little boost. Congratulations to all our successful groups.
View the Champions for each zone, including the Small Communities category.

The 2023 Community Choices program included two categories of funding:

  • Standard zone funding – three funding allocations in each of the 20 zones ranging from $2,750-$5,000
  • Small communities funding – one $1,250 funding allocation for a group who resides in a community with less than 10,000 people.

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Related information

Community Choices zone map 
Frequently Asked Questions
Community Choices Program Terms and Conditions
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