Communities to thrive with support from the Endeavour Energy Powering Communities grants program
- The Powering Communities grants program will fund grass roots programs across Sydney’s Greater West, North West, South West, the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, the Illawarra and the South Coast of NSW.
- 16 community groups will benefit from the powering Communities grants program with initiatives including community resilience, education, social inclusion, welfare and environmental initiatives.
- The Powering Communities grants program will provide funding of $2,000 - $10,000 to support these valuable community initiatives.
Endeavour Energy is thrilled to announce the recipients of its inaugural Powering Communities grants program. The grants will bring valuable community initiatives to life with successful programs supporting communities to plan for weather events, encourage STEM development in schools, provide access to education or facilitate financial stability to empower those experiencing vulnerable circumstances.
Endeavour Energy’s Chief Customer and Strategy Officer, Leanne Pickering said the Powering Communities grants program was developed in response to community feedback with the core objective of helping our communities thrive.
“Providing safe, reliable and affordable power to over 2.7 million people is at the core of what we do, however, having a positive impact on the communities we serve is just as important. Over the past few years, we have heard that our customers and communities want to see us further invest in our communities to help them thrive.
“Through our powering communities grants program we will do just that as we invest in a range of grass roots initiatives that will deliver positive and sustainable outcomes across the Endeavour Energy network area.
“We were overwhelmed with the community’s positive response to the program and received close to 300 applications for so many well deserving projects. Our committee of advocates rigorously reviewed each application against the grants’ criteria and had the very challenging task of selecting recipients who really aligned with our values and purpose and can deliver very important outcomes for our community.
“We are delighted to partner with this group of schools, community groups and not-for-profit organisations as we power together to support these much-needed community initiatives,” said Ms Pickering.
The successful applicants for the 2023 Powering Communities grants program are:
- 1st Camden Scouts: Installation of a solar system and LED lighting to reduce their carbon footprint and allow greater use of the facility.
- Mates in Construction: Suicide prevention program particularly targeting blue collar workers.
- Careflight: Trauma care education for first responders to support an improved medical response.
- Eat Up: School lunch program across 10 Western Sydney schools helping to feed children who would otherwise go hungry.
- Georges Cross Falcons Community Centre: Creation of a community garden that will provide sanctuary as well as support for those experiencing mental health and homelessness.
- Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre: Helping disadvantaged women create a ‘side hustle” providing attendees with increased financial stability.
- Lowlands Wanderers Soccer Club: Planning for future flood events to ensure sporting equipment is protected for a previously flood affected community group.
- Macquarie Fields High School: STEM program with a sustainability undertone where students will reuse materials to design and create new products.
- Megalong Valley Community and Landowners Association: Public Emergency response kits to build the resilience of an isolated community.
- Nerringillah Community Association: Bushfire preparation for a previously bushfire affected community.
- Noah’s Inclusion Services: Enabling play-based therapy sessions for local children with disabilities.
- Nowra High School: Creation of a homework club for disadvantaged children.
- Ozfish: Restoration of a degraded saltmarsh in Burroo Bay including removal of invasive weeds and planting of 1800 Saltmarsh species.
- Richmond Riding for the Disabled: Rainwater reuse program to reduce localised flooding and increase use of facilities.
- Street Industries: Program for disadvantaged communities that builds the confidence, resilience and self-esteem of attendees through a football program.
- UCA Parramatta: Provision of meals for those experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable circumstances.
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Published on Aug 17th 2023