Grants can help to reduce the payback period of projects, offset the financial risk of investing in innovative technologies or support piloting or trials prior to integration into business operations.
Eligibility requirements can differ significantly across programs and jurisdictions however, so reviewing funding guidelines is an important first step.
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Current grant opportunities
To see what grants are currently available, there is a comprehensive Grants and Assistance section available on the business.gov.au website. For grants relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy select your state or territory then go to the ‘Climate change or environment’ filter and the ‘energy efficiency’ sub-filter. Further information on government energy-efficiency programs can be found on this site on the Programs pages.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is an independent Commonwealth authority, supporting innovations that improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia. ARENA invests in research, development, demonstration, deployment and commercialisation of renewable energy and related technologies; and the storage and sharing of knowledge and information about renewable energy technologies.
The Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) will provide $1.6 billion in capped assistance and approximately $348 million in uncapped assistance, in the form of cash payments, for investment and production to registered participants in the automotive industry (vehicles, components and service).
The objective of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is to help Australia to meet its emissions reduction target of five percent below 2000 levels by 2020.
Through the ERF, the government will purchase lowest cost abatement (in the form of Australian carbon credit units) from a wide range of sources, providing an incentive to businesses, households and landowners to proactively reduce their emissions.
The ERF is administered by the Clean Energy Regulator. For more information, visit the Clean Energy Regulator website.
The Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream assists industry to invest in training and support services and to develop innovative training solutions. The fund will help build a highly skilled workforce that can take advantage of new business growth opportunities and adapt to rapid technological change.
To find out more, please see business.gov.au.
The Energy Efficiency Information Grants program is now closed to new participants. Consulting firm Instinct and Reason conducted an evaluation and report of the EEIG program.
For more information, see the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.