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Energy Efficiency Grants for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

  • Applications Open: until 19 April 2023
  • Grants: $10,000 – $25,000

The National Energy Efficiency Grants by the Australian Government offer small and medium-sized enterprises with 100% of eligible project expenditure up to $25,000, to upgrade existing equipment to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.

Key Requirements

To apply, you must:

  • address all eligibility criteria
  • provide all the information requested
  • include all necessary attachments
    • trust deed (where applicable)
    • the owner’s authority to conduct the project at the nominated site(s) with evidence
  • complete and submit your application

What is eligible for funding?

The eligible project must:

  • this grant excludes the installation of solar panels
  • be focused on decreasing the energy consumption of your business in Australia
  • have at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure
  • include one or more of the activities in the following focused areas:
    • Energy audits and energy management
    • Energy monitoring
    • Power supply
    • Lighting
    • Heat Pumps
    • Process automation and controls
    • Reconfigure/ Optimise Processes
    • Upgrades to motors, including compressors, pumps, fans, conveyors, mixers and blowers
    • Building fabric upgrades
    • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
    • Commercial refrigeration
    • Compressed Air Improvements
    • Water Heating
    • Other process heating, cooling, drying and pumping improvements

What companies are eligible for funding?

The eligible business must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entity types:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • a partnership
  • a sole trader.

The application can only be accepted from small and medium sized businesses with an employee headcount from 1 to 199 employees averaged over any consecutive 12 month period since 1 July 2019. If the entity is not the owner of the project location, entities must have consent from the owner of the project location to undertake the project.

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.