Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt is encouraging local community groups that support energy conservation and environmental initiatives to apply for this year’s Ergon Energy Envirofund.

“The Bligh Government and Ergon Energy recognise that the past few months have been pretty tough on local community groups,” Mr Pitt said.

“That’s why an extra $50,000 is on offer this year bringing the total of grants available to $150,000.

“These funds will help tackle environmental challenges and help local community groups get back on their feet following the natural disasters.

“Now in its third year, the Envirofund program is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to undertake environmental initiatives in their local communities.

“A number of local groups have benefited from the Envirofund program in recent years and I hope to see many more successful local recipients this time around.”

Mr Pitt said the Envirofund would help groups to kick-start innovative projects that benefit the environment through either direct action or education.

“Grants range from $200 up to $10,000 and are made available to organisations in regional Queensland, depending on the size and merit of individual projects.”

Preference is given to projects with an energy conservation focus, however other environmental benefits are also taken into account.

Examples of projects that could attract funding include those that:

  • reduce energy consumption
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • educate and encourage behavioural change around wise energy use
  • use or promote renewable energy alternatives (solar, wind, hydro and biomass)
  • protect, maintain or re-establish natural environments in community spaces or
  • protect wildlife.

Applications close at 5:00pm Wednesday 20 July 2011. More details and an application form are available at