Environmental grants and rebates

Learn about Frankston City Council's Environmental Sustainability Grant, as well as other programs and rebates offered by the Victorian Government and not-for-profit organisations.

Environmental Sustainability Grant

Frankston City Council, through its Environmental Sustainability Grant program, offers funding of up to $5,000 to support community groups and organisations with environmental and sustainability projects.

Applications are now open and close at 5pm, 31 October 2022.

Projects must align with the four key themes of Council’s Greening Our Future Environment Strategy:

  • Protecting and enhancing natural assets (such as: planting indigenous trees, bush food garden, bush regeneration activities).
  • Wise use of natural resources (such as: water efficient garden beds, purchase of zero waste event kit, community renewable energy project).
  • Minimising environmental impacts (such as: bicycle maintenance workshop, sustainable house tours, vertical/roof top gardens).
  • Educating and engaging the community (such as: promotion via workshops, newsletter, social media, posters, media release).

The grant is open to not-for-profit, incorporated community groups and organisations (or those auspiced by a group that is incorporated). Please note they are not available for schools, businesses or individuals.

Visit our Community Grants page for more information.

Victorian Energy Upgrades Program

Through the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program, the Victorian Government offers discounts and special deals to homeowners and businesses on selected energy saving products and appliances, to make your property more energy efficient and affordable.

The Victorian Government has put together a list of participating businesses who are accredited to pass on the savings to you. The bigger the greenhouse gas reduction, the bigger your potential incentive. Discounts and special deals range from large items such as replacing inefficient heating and cooling systems, hot water systems and large household appliances, through to showerheads, lighting, draught proofing and energy standby eliminators.

Visit the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program website for more information.

Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades

The Victorian Government is offering homeowners (with a concession card or a combined yearly income of less than $90,000) a rebate to upgrade gas, electric and wood heaters with energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioners.

Rebates for rental properties (via the landlord) are also available.

Rebates include:

  • $1,000 towards the cost of an energy efficient reverse-cycle air conditioner
  • $200 towards the cost of decommissioning your outdated gas heater (if an existing gas heater is being replaced)
  • $500 towards the cost of upgrading your switchboard (if an upgrade is required to install the rebated reverse-cycle air conditioner).

Visit the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades website for more information.

Solar Homes Program

The Victorian Government’s Solar Homes Program provides rebates for solar panel (PV) systems for homeowners, rental properties (via the landlord) and businesses. Also on offer is solar hot water rebates and rebates for solar and battery installations. The Government wants to help Victorians cut their electricity bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Visit the Solar Homes Program website for more information.

For helpful information on installing solar power on your property, details about feed-in-tariffs and how to avoid common pitfalls, visit our Solar and Renewable Energy page.

$250 Power Saving Bonus

A $250 Power Saving Bonus is available for Victorian households.

The Victorian Government initiative encourages households to seek a better energy deal through their independent online price comparison service. Households don't need to change their energy supplier to receive the payment, and are eligible, even if they still don't choose another deal.

Eligibility requirements:

  • you must be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account)
  • you must be the account holder
  • only one payment is available per household.

The application process will take five to ten minutes, and you will need to have a recent electricity bill with you.

Visit the Victorian Energy Compare website for more information.

Victorian Energy Compare

Victorian Energy Compare is an independent Victorian Government price comparison site to help you compare electricity, gas and solar offers from all energy retailers, based on information you provide about your household or small business.

Visit the Victorian Energy Compare website to make sure you’re not paying too much for your energy bills.

Philanthropy Australia

Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy and is a not-for-profit membership organisation. Members are trusts and foundations, families and individuals who want to make a difference through their own philanthropy and to encourage others to become philanthropists.

Visit the Philanthropy.org.au website for more information.