Essential Energy program to support community groups

Essential Energy's new Community Choices program hopes to give a boost to more than 140 recipients across the State. Photo: Stock
Essential Energy's new Community Choices program hopes to give a boost to more than 140 recipients across the State. Photo: Stock

Community organisations in regional, rural and remote New South Wales could potentially receive a funding boost of up to $2,500 as part of Essential Energy's new Community Choices program.

The program has a pool of $175,000 available across 20 zones in NSW, with funding packages available ranging from $500 to $2,500; public voting will decide which organisations receive a share of the funds.

Any charity or community group within Essential Energy's network area is eligible to be nominated, whether they be an animal shelter, soccer club or the Country Women's Association.

North Coast Community Relations Manager Raelene Myers said the funding is about helping community organisations, which are the heart of regional, rural and remote New South Wales.

"Essential Energy operates in regional, rural and remote New South Wales, and with our employees living and working in local towns, we know just how important grassroots organisations are for healthy communities," she said.

"There are thousands of organisations across our network area worthy of funding, which is why we're asking the community to nominate and then vote for groups they think deserve a boost.

"Essential Energy is committed to empowering communities, and through our new Community Choices program we're asking people to nominate groups who are doing great work in their area and might need a little help."

Nominees must be able to receive payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT) and provide photos, commentary and stories about their organisations and the work they do.

Nominations for Community Choices are open until 17 May. Visit essentialenergy.com.au/choices to learn more or make a nomination.

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