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Sponsorships and Donations

AusNet Services is committed to partnering with the communities in which we operate.  Each year our sponsorships and donations strategy is reviewed to ensure it is aligned with our corporate business strategy and offers the right level of support through sponsorships, donations, community development programs, employee volunteering grants and energy industry education.

As well as monitoring what's happening in our communities and supporting one-off projects, we also support apprentices through the Victorian Energy Education Training (VEET) program and have an active scholarship program. You can learn more about our scholarship programs here


Community Development Fund

AusNet Services partners with local councils in the communities in which we operate to offer a Community Development Fund (CDF) program. The CDF provides a $20,000 grant pool and is open to local non-profit organisations to apply. Successful applications can be granted up to $3,000.

We will announce details of our CDF program for 2019/20 on this page and in our News Room. 

Indigo Shire ‘Energising Your Community’ 

In 2018, we were proud to partner with Indigo Shire Council for the first time to introduce the ‘Energising Your Community’ Development Fund to their shire. 

A total of $20,000 in grants were presented to nine community organisations - Apex Rutherglen, Indigo FM, Beechworth Swimming Club, Wahgunyah School of Arts Hall, Black Dog Soup Kitchen, Kiewa Fire Brigade, Quercus Beechworth Inc, Beechworth Community Childcare Centre and Rutherglen Wine Bottle COM.

Read the Media Release.

Yarra Ranges ‘Energising Your  Community’ Development Fund

In March 2017, we ran the Yarra Ranges $20,000 ‘Energising Your Community’ Development Fund.

Thirteen not-for-profit organisations were successful in receiving up to $3,000 to complete a community-minded project with lasting benefits for the whole community.

Read the Media Release.


Yarra Ranges Development Fund July 2017

Wyndham City ‘Connecting Your  Community’ Development Fund 

In March 2016, we ran the 'Connecting Your Community' Development Fund in Wyndham City.

A total $20,000 in grants were presented to 16 representatives from local community groups to help deliver a community minded project or service

Read the Media Release.

Our People are Community Minded

We're proud of the calibre and number of community minded activities our People are involved in. To recognise the volunteering efforts of our employees, AusNet Services has an employee volunteering program, known as Community Cornerstone. This program rewards employees, which volunteer more than 20 hours per year with their local non-profit organisation, with a $500 grants for their volunteer organisation.

Our People, as part of the Workplace Giving Program, also donate tens of thousands of dollars to:

  • Peter MacCallum Institute
  • Salvation Army
  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia
  • Very Special Kids