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Essential Energy’s Community Hall Program

Essential Energy’s Community Hall Program aims to give back to the local halls that make up the social fabric of regional, rural and remote NSW and provide a valuable venue for the provision of localised services for their surrounding areas. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to partnering with the local communities where we live and work as we operate and maintain one of Australia’s largest electricity distribution networks.

Through the program, eligible halls will receive $200 (GST exclusive) in support to put towards general maintenance costs. There will be one application period per year.

Applications for Essential Energy’s Community Hall Program are now open and close at 5pm on Friday, 20 March 2020.

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Community Hall Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, your hall must:

Be located within Essential Energy’s network area Be a not-for-profit, non-commercial hall used by the general community and is being used for multiple events and by multiple groups Be used by community groups for community functions/events, meetings and other community activities Be able to receive payment via EFT only (Council bank accounts are eligible) Provide your NMI (National Meter Identifier is a unique number assigned to the hall’s meter and is listed on the energy bill provided by your electricity retailer) Be able to provide content such as photos, videos and commentary about the stories happening in the hall Provide a photocopy of either a deposit slip or bank account header (with financial details covered) showing the BSB and account name and account number for the group or hall along with their application form

Please note: halls run by Council Section 355 Committees (such as Kyla Hall in Tuross Head) are eligible, however Councils are not eligible apply.

Note: Essential Energy will consider additional support to Community Halls that have been damaged by bushfires during the past 12 months. We will contact these Halls directly and as a separate process to the Community Halls grant scheme. Community Halls that receive any additional support remain eligible for the Community Halls grant scheme.

Approval is at the complete discretion of Essential Energy. Applicants who receive the Community Hall funding agree to Essential Energy sharing the groups’ story and the publishing of associated content and photos.

How to apply

Fill out the online application form. This should only take a few minutes to complete. Applicants will be advised of the outcome early April 2020. Successful applicants can expect to receive funding late April. If you require a hard copy version of this form please call 132391 and we will mail one to you.

For more information please email

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