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Finance and funding opportunities available Australia-wide can be found on this page.

We haven't tracked them all, so please advise us if you know of finance or funding opportunities that could be included.

If there is no closing date, the grants and funding opportunities are OPEN. 

Name of program: Advancing Renewables Program

Who is it for?

  • an Australian entity incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) 
  • a Commonwealth entity prescribed as a government business enterprise by section 5(1) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 
  • an Australian State or Territory owned corporation or a subsidiary of an Australian State or Territory owned corporation
  • an Australian local government or council

Who's funding it? ARENA

Conditions:

  • involves a Renewable Energy Technology that
    • Optimises the transition to renewable electricity
    • Commercialises clean hydrogen
    • Supports the transition to low emissions metals
  • must not be commercially viable without ARENA support
  • you are strongly encouraged to contact ARENA to discuss your Proposal before submitting an Expression Of Interest (EOI)

When does funding close? OPEN

How do I apply? Click here

 

 

Name of program: Caring for Country

Who is it for?

  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Island diaspora communities

Who's funding it? Groundswell, supported by the Eisen Family Private Fund and the Oranges and Sardines Foundation

Conditions:

  • register your interest to receive a link to apply
  • offering $40,000 and $10,000 grant funds
  • grants are for:
    • Protecting Country: Prevention of fossil fuel expansion eg. advocacy and campaigning.

    • Caring for Country: Land, sea and water management eg. preserving and protecting carbon sinks.

    • Healthy Country Solutions: Supporting community projects with community benefits eg. agriculture to sequester carbon, clean energy transition initiatives. 

    • Preserving Culture: Strengthening community to ensure ongoing generational care for Country eg. protecting cultural heritage

When does funding close? 20 July 2024

How do I apply? Click here

 

 

Name of program: Climate-Smart Agriculture Program Capacity Building Grants

Desired outcome: Community, First Nations peoples and industry have increased capacity and capability to assist farmers and land holders to adopt climate-smart and sustainable agriculture practices.

Who is it for: First Nations people, companies and corporations, among others

Who’s funding it? Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Conditions: 

  • complete one application form for each project proposal

When does funding for Round 1 close? 28 March 2024, but grants available until 2028

How do I apply? Click here

 

Name of program: Community Led Climate Solutions Grant Program

Who is it for?

  • not-for-profit organisations across remote, rural and regional Australia

Who's funding it? Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal

Conditions:

  • Round 1 of the program offers grants of up to $20,000
  • funding supports actions driving local climate solutions that reduce emissions through education, engagement and action on:
    • clean energy
    • circular economies
    • decarbonisation
    • sustainable agriculture and food systems
    • biodiverse ecosystems; or
    • just transitions.

When does funding close? Round 2 opens April/May 2024

How do I apply? Click here

 

Name of program: Energy bill relief for households and small businesses

Who is it for: 

  • eligible households and small businesses

Who's funding it? Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Conditions:

For households -

  • It depends on where you live

    • If you live in NSW, Queensland, South Australia or Tasmania, you can get $500 per eligible household.
    • If you live in Victoria, you can get $250 per eligible household, plus a one off $250 direct payment through Victoria’s 2023 Power Saving Bonus Payment.
    • If you live in the Northern Territory, you can get $350 per eligible household.
    • If you live in Western Australia and are currently registered with the Electricity Concession Extension Scheme (ECES), you will get a $500 electricity credit split over 2 payments. All other Western Australian households can get a $400 electricity credit.
    • If you live in the ACT, you can get $175 per eligible household. 
  • You can get bill relief if you are the primary electricity account holder, or another named account holder on your electricity account. You must also hold an eligible concession card or receive an eligible government payment in the state or territory you live in. Your household can only get one bill relief credit, even if there is more than one eligible person living there. You can only get bill relief for your principal place of residence.
  • In most cases your electricity provider will automatically apply the bill relief to your electricity account and this will reduce the amount you owe on your next bill.

For businesses - 

  • Your business must be on a separately metered business tariff with your electricity retailer.

  • Your business’s annual electricity consumption must be less than the threshold for your state or territory. The energy consumption threshold is:

    • 40MWh in Victoria
    • 50MWh in Western Australia
    • 100MWh in the ACT, NSW and Queensland
    • 150MWh in Tasmania
    • 160MWh in the Northern Territory and South Australia
  • You will get a $325 of bill relief if your eligible small business is in Victoria.

  • You will get a $650 of bill relief if your eligible small business is in these states and territories:

    • NSW
    • Northern Territory
    • Queensland
    • South Australia
    • Tasmania
    • Western Australia.

When does funding close? OPEN

More information? Click here

 

 

 

Name of program: Environment Resilience Fund

Intention of funding:

  • to support practical projects that build environmental resilience to natural disasters and climate change.

Who is it for: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations and groups
  • urban, regional and remote community organisations

Who's funding it? National Australia Bank (NAB)

Conditions: 

  • Grants range from $100,000 to up to $2,000,000 will be paid over a maximum period of up to five years for new projects (or contribute additional funding to existing) regional projects that build the evidence base for investments and interventions that improve resilience to natural disasters, and that support collaboration between several stakeholder groups.
  • grants will only support an organisation, project or initiative that has a charitable purpose

When does funding close? OPEN (via expression of interest only)

How do I apply? Click here

 

Name of program: First Nations Community Microgrids Program

Who is it for: 

  • First Nations to develop and deploy microgrid technology across First Nations communities, to increase access to cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy

Who's funding it? ARENA

Conditions: 

  • funding of $83.8 million was announced in the 2022–23 Federal Budget

When does funding close? 19 December 2025

How do I apply? Click here

 

Name of program: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Grants

Who is it for?

  • registered not-for-profit organisations

Who's funding it? Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Conditions:

  • A range of funding options available.
  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

When does funding close? OPEN

How do I apply? Click here

 

Name of program: Gill Owen Scholarship

Who is it for: 

  • individuals
    • working as a Consumer Advocate or related organisation at present (or with recent experience), preferably one which has worked on National Energy Market issues
    • relatively experienced and/or senior in the relevant sector
    • with good knowledge of the key issues facing Australian energy consumers
    • with the ability to prepare and deliver presentations – for their meetings overseas and on their return to Australia.

Examples of activities that could be funded:

  • visits to one or more countries to learn from energy consumer activities and experiences

  • meetings with key stakeholders in selected countries

  • research on issues or relevance to Australian energy consumers

  • written report documenting the learnings from the research and or overseas stakeholder meetings and their potential relevance for Australia

  • in Australia, meetings with consumer groups, energy companies, government officials to promulgate research findings and recommendations.

Who's funding it? Energy Consumers Australia

Conditions:

  • grants are to travel internationally to research innovative ideas and initiatives that will be relevant to improving outcomes for consumers in the Australian energy market
  • recipients would be expected to disseminate their research findings widely in Australia to advocates and decision-makers

When does funding close? Open in 2024

How do I apply? Click here

 

 

Name of program: Household Energy Upgrades Fund

Who is it for: 

  • 110,000 households with or without a mortgage, rental property owners, and strata properties.

Who's funding it? Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW)

Conditions: 

  • Participating banks and finance institutions (see here) can be found on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) website. Speak to a participating lender for further advice on eligibility requirements. 
  • Finance (including green home loans, green personal loans, and other low-cost finance products) may be used for:
    • renovations or upgrades for existing homes
    • knock-down rebuild properties
    • energy upgrades of one or multiple technologies at the same time
    • energy-efficient appliances
  • Installations of eligible upgrade technologies must be undertaken by accredited installers only, and might include:
    • Battery-ready rooftop solar and home batteries
    • Energy efficient appliances and household equipment
    • Heating and cooling measures, including air conditioning and ceiling fans
    • Double glazed windows and insulation
    • Energy monitoring systems
    • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

 

When does funding close? OPEN

More information? Click here

 

 

 

Name of program: Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) program grants: Existing IPA projects

Who is it for: 

  • 84 existing IPA providers (First Nations communities)

Who's funding it? Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Conditions: 

  • Grants from $100,000 to $3,000,000
  • restricted and non-competitive grant opportunity available to existing IPA providers
  • existing IPA providers do not need to submit an application

When does funding close? Funding available from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2028 

More information? Click here

 

Name of program: Kick-Start

Who is it for? 

  • start-ups
  • small businesses

Who's funding it? CSIRO

Conditions:

  • Funding of between between $10K- $50K
  • Must be able to provide matched funding
  • A CSIRO researcher or research team will work with your business on the R&D project

Eligible projects must include one of the following activities:

  • Research into a new idea or discovery with commercial potential
  • Development of a novel or improved product or process
  • Testing of a novel product, developed by the company, to inform research and development activities.

When does funding close? OPEN

How do I apply? Click here

 

Name of program: Local Investments Funding Grant Opportunity

Who is it for?

  • Indigenous Communities

Who's funding it? National Indigenous Australians Agency

Conditions:

  • applicants must be invited by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) to apply for funding
  • providing funding of up to $100,000 with a total of $6,000,000 available
  • funding will be provided for -
    • new, discrete infrastructure projects.
    • urgent critical repairs and replacements for infrastructure in remote Indigenous communities that will impact positively on the health, well-being and environmental safety of community members
    • support for renewable energy systems that contribute to identifiable outcomes under the IAS
    • generally small scale, short-term, one-off proposals to address immediate local need and which have community support
    • a variety of activities, ranging from small scale infrastructure and cultural activities, through to a co-contribution to larger projects
    • activities that leverage other government funding and may include co-contributions for larger projects with other governments, local councils or organisations

When does funding close? 30 June 2024

How do I apply? Click here and here

 

 

 

Name of program: Funding for businesses undertaking renewable energy projects

Who is it for: 

  • Businesses wanting to undertake renewable energy projects

Who's funding it? ARENA

Conditions: 

  • Focus areas:
    - Optimise the transition to renewable electricity
    - Commercialise clean hydrogen
    - Support the transition to low emissions metals
  • Matched funding of between $100,000 and $50 million.

When does funding close? OPEN

How do I apply? Click here

 

 

Name of program: Participation Grants

Who is it for: 

  • not-for-profit organisations, with a purpose or mandate that permits them to be an advocate for residential and small business energy consumers
  • bona fide research organisations with a public purpose

Who's funding it? Energy Consumers Australia

Examples of activities that may be funded:

  • engaging a consultant to provide technical or specialist expertise for a submission

  • undertaking research

  • undertaking workshops

  • funding for reasonable travel costs (flights, accommodation, transfers) to engage in government, regulatory and industry forums relating to that process, and where video conferencing is not provided.

Conditions:

  • provide up to $15,000 to support and accommodate an applicant's engagement in government processes, regulatory and policy reviews, and projects targeting the energy sector as a whole
  • Applicants can apply for grants to pursue small, targeted research projects or longer term, strategic and substantive projects. Where projects are longer than one year, gateway reviews may be needed at appropriate stages to ensure that the project is ready to proceed to the next stage of implementation.
  • Funding may be used to support consumer education projects that identify and fill structural and systemic knowledge gaps
  • The proposed project must demonstrate how it will build knowledge and/or sectoral capacity supporting policy development and consumer education in the National Energy Market.
  • Funding will not generally be prioritised for public education and awareness campaigns that are the responsibility of regulators and government, or projects targeted at informing and educating individual consumers.

When does funding close? OPEN

How do I apply? Click here

 

Name of program: Regional Australia Microgrid Pilots Program

Who is it for: 

  • entities incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001
  • State or Territory owned corporations or a subsidiary of a state or territory owned corporation
  • local government or councils
  • organisations registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC)

Who's funding it? ARENA

Conditions: 

  • Funding is available to projects that have successfully completed a feasibility study.
  • Grants between $1 million and $5 million.

When does funding close? 31 December 2026

How do I apply? Click here

Name of program: Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBC) Capacity Building Grant Opportunity

Who is it for?

  • Prescribed Bodies Corporates (PBC's)

Who's funding it? National Indigenous Australians Agency

Conditions:

  • there is no maximum grant amount
  • funding is designed to build the capacity of PBCs
  • open to all PBCs and to third parties working with the PBC sector across Australia

When does funding close? 30 June 2025

How do I apply? Click here

 

Name of program: QBE Foundation local grants

Who is it for?

  • Not for profit organisations
  • First Nations groups and organisations

Who's funding it? QBE Foundation

What’s on offer?

  • grants of $40,000

Conditions:

  • Only applications working to address issues in climate resilience (eg. working to address environmental regeneration, climate change and disaster preparedness, resilience and recovery) and inclusion (ie. increasing access to opportunities and resources) will be considered. 
  • You can only apply once per project or initiative. 
  • Local grants are intended for high impact community initiatives, not "business as usual" activities
  • The organisation:
    • Must be a registered ‘not-for-profit’ with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC)
    • Must have Australian Tax Office endorsement of DGR 1 or 2 status
    • Must not be affiliated with a political party or union, or take an overtly political stance in the focus of their work
    • May have a religious basis
    • Must be based in Australia

When does funding close? 3 July 2024

How do I apply? Click here

 

 

Name of program: Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme

Who is it for: 

  • individuals
  • households
  • small businesses

Who's funding it? Clean Energy Regulator

Conditions: 

  • offers a financial incentive to install eligible small-scale renewable energy systems, including:
    • solar panels
    • small-scale wind systems
    • small-scale hydro systems
    • solar water heaters
    • air source heat pumps
  • Each megawatt hour of renewable energy generated/or displaced by the system is awarded one small-scale technology certificate (STC). STCs are calculated from installation date until the end of 2030 when the scheme ends. System owners typically assign the right to an agent to sell STCs on their behalf to receive an upfront lower purchase price (your electricity provider can help you claim). System owners can alternatively claim and sell the STCs themselves.

When does funding close? 2030

How do I apply? Click here