Community grants

What’s important to the people who live and work in our local communities is important to us. Through our Jemena Community Grants Program, we’re pleased to offer support to those making a real difference for others.

Applications for our 2021 Community Grants have now closed. Our 2022 grants round is expected to open in mid 2022, and we will share updates on this page.

2021 Jemena Community Grants recipients

Jemena is delighted to announce the recipients of our 2021 Community Grants; which seek to support organisations, groups, schools and charities making a positive difference for their, and our, local communities across New South Wales and Victoria.  

Following a very competitive process, grants of up to $10,000 each are being awarded to 13 local groups working to address community needs across five key social areas: sustainability, people in need, diversity and reconciliation, social inclusion, and local community issues and priorities

Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Gunawirra, CatholicCare, The Shepherd Centre, Youth Insearch, KU Greenwood Children’s Centre, Northcott, Footscray Learning Precinct, Community Tributaries, Coburg Tennis Club, Preston Neighbourhood House, Uniting Vic.Tas, Nourishing Neighbours and 300 Blankets. Read more about them in this news story.

We also extend our thanks to everyone who applied and shared their story with us.

To be eligible to apply for and receive a Jemena Community Grant, applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation (endorsed by the Australian Tax Office with Deductible Gift Recipient status), registered charity, school or community group with a registered Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • Deliver an activity, event or program within 12 months of receiving the grant, within an area in which Jemena operates, and that supports the local community,
  • Agree to share activity outcomes (including photographs) with Jemena, in the form of photographs, written updates and a short acquittal upon activity completion
  • Agree to Jemena promoting you and the activity your grant supports on the Jemena Website, social media, through annual reports and other channels
  • Be open to Jemena participating in the activity and related promotional activities, and
  • Hold a current bank account in Australia in its name.

Through our 2021 Jemena Community Grants, we are seeking to support activities, programs or events that will help make a positive impact for our local communities in one or more of the following areas:

  • Environmental sustainability and/or energy efficiency
  • Vulnerable people or those experiencing hardship
  • Diversity and/or reconciliation
  • Social inclusion, participation and/or public safety
  • Local issues, concerns and priorities.

Our Jemena Community Grants cannot fund:

  • individuals, commercial businesses and government entities
  • activities outside of communities in which Jemena operates
  • activities which have already been completed prior to the date of funding
  • organisations or activities which do not align with Jemena’s values
  • organisations or activities which do not align with local community standards
  • activities which denigrate or exclude members of the community
  • activities which are or could be perceived to be unsafe or cause harm to people, animals or the environment
  • political or religious pursuits
  • organisations or activities associated with gambling, drugs or alcohol or
  • activities or events which are already sponsored by government or industry.

At Jemena, we help bring energy to life for over 1.7 million Australian homes and businesses every day. Our New South Wales gas and Victorian electricity distribution network operating areas are located:

In New South Wales

Across metro Sydney and regional areas

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In Victoria

Across north and north-west Melbourne

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Previous recipients


2020 Community Grants

Following the 2019/20 summer bushfires and beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 Community Grants Program supported organisations directly assisting communities through some of their most challenging social impacts, including food relief, energy affordability, homelessness and family and domestic violence.

Recipients: OzHarvest, Uniting Vic.Tas, Orange Sky Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society New South Wales and VincentCare Victoria.

Learn more


2019 Community Grants

Through our 2019 Community Grants Program we supported many fantastic community groups, charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations working across our local communities.

Recipients: Bolton Clarke, Paint the Town Read, Making Waves Foundation, Marathon Health, Craigieburn Hume Men’s Shed, Happiness Habits, Westmeadows Indigenous Community Garden, Orange Sky Australia, Bellfield Community Garden, House to Grow, Autism Spectrum Australia, St Ives Preschool.

Learn more