Thanks to AGL and the Queensland Government $500,000 is available for not-for-profit community organisations in South-East Queensland to assist their communities become switched on!

The Switched on Communities grant program will be open for applications from Monday 11 July and will be accepted by QCOSS via email until COB Friday 5 August 2016.

Grants of up to $100,000 can be used to:

Improve the access of information available to consumers and on issues including:

  • electricity usage
  • electricity pricing and contract conditions
  • how to compare offers to find a better electricity deal
  • how to access assistance and consumer protections.

Enhance the skills, knowledge and confidence of residential electricity consumers so they can effectively shop around for an electricity deal or access a better deal with their current retailer.

Increase the number of electricity consumers actively shopping around for a better electricity deal.

Build capacity within not-for-profit community organisations to ensure community workers:

  • have the skills necessary to educate consumers on energy matters
  • are able to assist consumers in engaging with the electricity retail market.

Funding will be priortised to those organisations supporting:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • seniors
  • people facing financial hardship
  • people with disability or their carers
  • people from cultrually and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Successful organisations will be required to attend training for two days at the beginning of the program on 30 and 31 August and give a final presentation and report about their outcomes at a one day wrap-up event on 20 June 2017.

Guidelines and application form can be downloaded from the QCOSS website.