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Community Choices $250k funding pool now open

Essential Energy’s fifth Community Choices Program has opened for nominations, with community groups encouraged to nominate for their chance to win part of a $250k funding pool.

Essential Energy Community Relations Manager Raelene Myers said, “Essential Energy is proud to support grassroot organisations across 95% of NSW, and parts of southern QLD through the Community Choices program.

“The Community Choices program is open to registered charities, not-for-profit and community groups such as CWAs, community halls, community centres, school P&Cs and sporting clubs with full criteria available on the Essential Energy website. 

“This year we have increased funding to a total of $250,000 to be shared between eligible groups across 20 zones in our network footprint. This means $5,000 is now available to groups that get the most votes in their region, with the amounts for second and third place also increasing to $3,500 and $2,750 respectively”, Raelene said.

Groups from small communities with populations less than 10,000 will also again be able to nominate and get their community voting to help them access $1,250 funding for the group with the most votes.

“Anyone can nominate a group to allow them to take part in the community-led voting for a share of the $250,000. Once verified, the group can rally their supporters to vote for them from Monday 3 July”, said Raelene.  

“We know there are many organisations across our footprint who have done it tough these past few years – with natural disasters and COVID all impacting on their ability to raise invaluable funds – so we’re asking the community to choose a cause that counts and nominate them by Monday 26 June.”

Nominations are open through to 5pm 26 June 2023. Community voting opens Monday 3 July and closes Monday 17 July 2023 at 5pm AEST.  

Visit essentialenergy.com.au/choices to learn more or register to make a nomination.  


  • Essential Energy builds, operates and maintains one of Australia’s largest electricity distribution networks, servicing more than 885,000 customers across regional, rural and remote NSW and parts of southern Queensland
  • Our footprint covers 95 per cent of NSW, traversing 737,000 square kilometres of landmass with 183,612 kilometres of powerline, including 163,417 kilometres in designated bushfire zones
  • The network has approximately 5.1 customers to each kilometre of powerline, which is almost one-tenth the customer density compared with our counterparts in NSW
  • Essential Energy’s footprint also includes 1.38 million power poles, equating to 1.6 power poles per customer