Community Choices Program

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Even the biggest hearts need a little boost, and we're proud to be able to give back to our real local heroes and support the grassroots organisations that support our communities.

Our Community Choices program allows our community to vote on causes that can do with extra support. This year, we've once again shared a total of $175,000 to 129 eligible groups across our network area, with funding of up to $2,500 per successful group.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2020 program. Nominations and voting have now closed. To stay up to date with program announcements for 2021 register for email updates on our Essential Communities program.

Announcing the 2020 Community Choices Champions

Congratulations to our Community Choices Champions for the 2020 program. These champions have been successful in securing funding within each of their respective zones.

View the Community Choices Champions for 2020 and see the final voting tally for each group which made it to the voting stage.

Missed out?

Register here to find out when our 2021 Community Choices program starts again.

Resources for Community Choices Champions

Proudly use the I’m a Community Choices Champion artwork across your social media channels and online communications to share the good news with your community. Don't forget to tag Essential Energy so we can see your posts.

Community Choices eligibility criteria

To be eligible groups must:

  • Be located within Essential Energy’s network area
  • Be a charity, registered not-for profit group or community group. Note that community halls run by Council Section 355 Committees are eligible, however Councils are not eligible to apply
  • Be able to receive payment via EFT only
  • Be able to provide content such as photos and commentary about the stories associated with the nominated applicant as requested by Essential Energy
  • Provide a photocopy of either a deposit slip or bank account header (with financial details covered) showing the BSB, account name and account number for the group or hall along with their application form and
  • Have a valid email address which will be used for communications relating to the Community Choices program.

Groups are not eligible if they:

  • Are located outside of Essential Energy’s network area
  • Are the sole responsibility of Local, State or Federal Government
  • 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
  • Have or may have any perceived conflict of interest.

Applicants who don't provide photos and commentary may jeopardise their eligibility for future applications to the program.

Related information

Community Choices zone map 
Frequently Asked Questions
Customer Voting Terms and Conditions
Essential Communities Program
2019 Community Choices Program winners