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Government Grants to Make Businesses More Energy Efficient

The Federal Government is running two grant programs to help businesses fund projects that will make them more energy efficient under it's Energy Efficient Communities Program. The High Energy User Scheme, closing on 24 September 2020 offers grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to businesses consuming more than net 0.05Pj annually. The Small Business Grant, offers grants of $5,000 to $20,000 to businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million and closes on 26 August 2020. Let's learn more about these government grants below.

High Energy User Scheme

Download our Fact Sheet - High Energy User Business Grant (HEUB)

The estimated $14.8 million scheme will be allocated across states and territories proportionate to the distribution of high energy using business nationally. To be eligible for the $10,000 to $25,000 grant, you must consume more than net 0.05Pj annually, have an Australian business number (ABN) and be a company incorporated in Australia, a co-operative, or an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust. The grant covers half of the project’s cost, with businesses responsible for the balance.

Eligible projects encompass:

  • Replacing existing equipment with more efficient equipment
  • Installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • Energy audits
  • Investment feasibility studies for energy-efficient upgrades
  • Monitoring of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

*The maximum project period is 18 months.

Information on the application process, including links to forms, can be found here.

Small Business Scheme

Download our Fact Sheet - Small Business Grant (SBG)

Individual grants of $5,000 to $20,000, worth around $9 million in total, are available to businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million, based on Business Activity Statements from the previous 12 months. A maximum of three projects will be funded per federal electoral division. Grants will be based on meeting eligibility criteria, plus submission time and date, noting the scheme closes 5pm Wednesday 26 August. To be eligible, you must have an ABN and be a company incorporated in Australia, a co-operative, a partnership or a sole trade.

Like the high energy user scheme outlined above, the grants are for energy use and emissions monitoring, energy audits, equipment and component improvements, feasibility, and have a maximum project period of 18 months. The small business scheme grants cover the entire project cost.

Details on eligibility criteria and the application process, with links to forms, can be found here.

We have more information about grants that have been made available on our COVID-19 overview page.

If you have any questions about eligible projects or need help with your application, please get in touch with us.

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