Queensland 's GCBF application deadline looms for solar power providers
Queensland's Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) offered a USD41 million fund for the installation of solar power systems. Non-profit community groups can apply for the said grant until November 30, 2013. This was according to a report published by Energy Matters.
The GCBF is the biggest one-off grants program in Australia. It uses cash from a portion of state revenue gained through gambling taxes. The program runs four funding rounds every year, said the report.
To qualify for GCBF's grant program, organizations must register with the Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) either as a sponsored organization or a legal entity. Only then can they submit an application form for the said grant. Applications for facility upgrades and purchase of equipment are prioritized. Each application should have a maximum grant of USD35,000, the report explained.
Applicants that have successfully installed solar power systems using a GCBF grant include Charlesville Bowls Club Inc, Endeavour Foundation, Australia's Huntington's Disease Association Qld Inc, and the Department of Community Safety, the Energy Matters report said.