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Carbon Capture Technologies Program
- Expression of Interest (EOI) applications are open until 31 October 2023.
- The grant will cover up to 75% of qualified project expenses, with a minimum grant allocation of $1 million and a maximum grant of $15 million.
The Australian Government is fully dedicated to taking ambitious climate action, with clear targets of reducing emissions by 43 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, followed by achieving net zero emissions by 2050. To achieve this goal, the government is actively leading efforts to transition to a net zero economy by implementing emission reduction measures and investing in low-carbon opportunities. Recognising the complexity of this task, the government acknowledges that a diverse range of technologies and tools will be required.
One effective technological approach in this domain is carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS). CCUS encompasses a variety of advanced solutions engineered to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial processes or directly from the air. These captured emissions can be utilised in the production of innovative products or securely stored in underground geological formations for long-term sequestration.
This program is committed to promoting the advancement of emerging priority CO2 capture technologies, such as Direct Air Capture (DAC), Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), and/or CO2 utilisation technologies. It also aims to provide research, development, and deployment (RD&D) support in challenging sectors like cement, chemicals, and steel, with the objective of enhancing the technological and commercial readiness of CCUS. Moreover, the programme strives to ensure the verifiable permanence of CO2 sequestration through various utilisation methods and supports the development of global CCUS capabilities.
The application process will consist of two stages. In Stage 1, applicants are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). If shortlisted, Stage 2 will follow, where successful applicants will be asked to submit a grant application.
Applications will undergo a two-stage assessment process. The first stage involves submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). If your EOI is shortlisted, you will be invited to proceed to the second stage, where you can submit a grant application.
We can only accept an EOI or applications, where you declare that your project:
- your project must not involve activities related to the utilisation and storage of carbon dioxide resulting from fossil fuel production or energy generation
- is not seeking to utilise carbon dioxide for enhanced petroleum recovery
- is not aiming to achieve carbon sequestration through nature-based solutions, such as agro-forestry, blue carbon, soil carbon sequestration, or ocean alkalinisation
For Stage 2, where you are invited to apply:
- you must provide an accountant declaration as evidence of your ability to cover your share of project costs. You can use the accountant declaration template available on business.gov.au and GrantConnect. Alternatively, if you choose not to use this template, you must include equivalent information and the declaration in your own document.
- you demonstrate your commitment to providing a final project report for publication, which aims to enhance knowledge sharing across industry and sectors
Please note that the eligibility criteria cannot be waived under any circumstances.
You are accountable for managing both the eligible and ineligible project expenses.
Project partner contributions, which may also encompass contributions from state/territory governments, can be considered as a valuable addition to your overall contribution.
Please note that we are unable to provide funding for your project if it has already received funding from another Commonwealth grant. However, you are welcome to apply for a grant for your project under multiple Commonwealth grants. In the event that your application is successful, you will be required to choose between the Carbon Capture Technologies Programme grant and the other Commonwealth grant.
Ensure that your project is completed by 30 March 2031.
What is eligible for funding?
In order to qualify, your project must:
- Have at least $1.33 million in eligible expenditure.
- Be aimed at researching, developing or demonstrating CO2 capture and CO2 utilisation technologies
- Be located in Australia
- Not solely be a feasibility or engineering study
- Be aimed at reducing Australia’s emissions
It may be possible to participate in some eligible activities:
- Transformation of CO2 to create new or alternative products
- Integration of prototype, pilot, or demonstration facilities in real applications, live operational environments (field-testing), or co-location or business-to-business partnership with other CCUS facilities. We may also approve other activities
- Design, construction, testing, or research and development of CO2 capture or CO2 utilisation equipment and software, including the prototype, pilot, or demonstration facilities
- Process or system design and engineering, including feasibility and engineering design studies
- Testing and optimisation of components, sub-systems or prototypes
What companies are eligible for funding?
Organisations undertaking projects that support the CO2 capture and CO2 utilisation technologies.
You can apply if you:
- Are registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)
- Have an Australian business number (ABN)
and are one of the following entities:
- An Australian state/territory government agency or body
- An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust where your trading activities:
- Form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
- Are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation
- An entity incorporated in Australia
- A corporate Commonwealth entity.
Joint applications are considered acceptable, as long as there is a lead organisation that takes the primary role in driving the project and meets the eligibility criteria for application.
Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?
Competitive. Your application will be assessed among other applications by a judging panel.
How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?
By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.
Competitive grants often require significant business case development and project analysis to support the application, this may include detailed presentations supporting the project’s merit, projected sales, cost-benefit analysis and more.
As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.
Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project
- Industry analysis presentation
- Competitor Analysis Presentation
- Marketing and Sales Analysis Presentation
- 3-5 year Cashflow Forecast
- 3-5 year Balance Sheet Forecast
- Cost-Benefit Analysis of Grant Funding
- End-to-end grant application including information collating, analysis and application writing
- CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) cost-benefit analysis
- Stakeholder relations and Risk Mitigation Plans
- Any other relevant forecasting that will support your application
How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?
Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.