Community Choices Program

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The Community Choices program is back this year to support community groups with funding of up to $2,500. You can do your bit to help community groups when they need a helping hand, now more than ever.

The program allows our community to vote on causes that can do with extra support in your area. A total of $175,000 will be shared by eligible groups in 20 zones across our network area.

We know that local communities are doing it tough, with recent droughts and fires, as well as impacts by the health and economic crisis that is COVID-19.

Even the biggest hearts need a little boost, so let’s take this opportunity to give back to our real local heroes and support the grassroots organisations that support our communities.

Nominations open at 9am on 30 April and close at 5pm on 29 May 2020, with voting taking place from 9am on 4 June and closing at 5pm on 18 June 2020.

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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.

Resources for groups

We encourage groups who have made it to the voting period of the program to use the Vote For Us tile on social media channels to encourage followers to vote in the program, and tag Essential Energy in their posts.

Related information

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