Kenmore Men’s Shed Installs Solar Panels to Cut Power Bill

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Installation of solar panels at the Kenmore Men’s Shed have been completed as part of the Brisbane City Council’s Mens’ Shed Grants.

According to Council, the $9,500 grant has enabled the Men’s Shed to reduce its quarterly power bill by more than 60 percent, or about $400. This helps keep costs down for the members, apart from lowering the group’s carbon footprint, thus securing the financial and environmental sustainability of the Men’s Shed.

About Men’s Shed Grants

The Men’s Shed Grant is a BCC initiative that supports Men’s Shed groups across Brisbane. The grant provides funding, ranging from $2,000 to $20,000, for establishments and coordination expenses; facility improvements; and equipment and material purposes.

“This program provides a safe, supportive and friendly environment for men of all ages to gather, volunteer, work and seek fellowship with like-minded people,” the Council website said.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants should be: incorporated not-for-profit organisation; must operate within the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area (LGA); must not have any overdue Council grant acquittals or outstanding debt with the Council.

Unincorporated not-for-profit organisations, however, may also apply under the auspices of an incorporated not-for-profit organisations that is able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the applicant’s project.

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Applicants for the grant will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-May 2019. On 15 July, applications for the grant will once again be opened. Visit the Australian Men’s Shed Association website to locate a Men’s Shed group near you.