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Energy Efficient Communities Program – Dairy Farming Business Grants


The Energy Efficient Communities Program – Dairy Farming Business Grants provides dairy farming businesses with grants of up to $20,000 to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and lower on-farm emissions. Grants may be used for equipment replacement, component upgrades, energy audits or feasibility studies. 

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Close date: 17 Aug 2020 05:00 PM AEST.

What do you get?

Grants from $5,000 to $20,000 for dairy farming businesses.

Who is this for?

This grant opportunity is for dairy cow farming businesses.

Overview


The objective of this grant opportunity is to support Australian dairy farming businesses to save energy through: 

  • replace existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • install or replace a component/s to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • carry out on-farm energy audits
  • carry out monitoring of energy usage and emissions 

There is an estimated $10 million available for this grant opportunity and funding will be distributed between jurisdictions in proportion to the number of dairy cow farms with the following breakdown of grant funding.

Jurisdiction

Budget limit

Percentage

VIC

$5,800,000

58%

NSW

$1,500,000

15%

TAS

$900,000

9%

QLD

$800,000

8%

SA

$600,000

6%

WA

$400,000

4%

We expect that there may be a high level of interest for this grant opportunity and it may be oversubscribed. This means an eligible application will not automatically be approved. We will approve grants according to meeting eligibility criteria, submission time and date and distribution.

  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000
  • The maximum project period is 18 months

You can use your grant for one or more of the following:

  • replacing existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently (for example installing solar pre-heating for a hot water system, installing a variable speed drive on a vacuum pump, installing heat recovery from milk cooling equipment to pre-heat hot water, installing remote monitoring equipment for water storage or pasture condition)
  • energy audits 
  • investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • monitoring of energy consumption and emissions

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be licensed to operate a dairy cow farming business in Australia – providing, where relevant, a Dairy Registration Number from a recognised authority

You must be located in one of the following states:

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

And you must be one of the following entities:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a co-operative
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • a partnership
  • a sole trader

We can only accept applications: 

  • where you can confirm that you’re authorised to undertake your project as described (for example, within your leasing arrangements) 
  • where you can demonstrate that you’ill use appropriately licensed tradespeople to install equipment, where applicable
  • that include a supplier declaration (see template at Appendix C of the grant opportunity guidelines)
  • that provide the mandatory attachments
  • where you certify, if you have ceased operating as a result of bushfires or COVID-19, that you intend to resume operating as a business in the future

We can’t waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

Applying


How do you apply?

You should read the key documentsincluding grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement, before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for Energy Efficient Communities Program – Dairy Farming Business Grants

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • prepare all other required attachments, including the Supplier Declaration, to submit with your application

Please note: File attachments for your application can only contain numbers and letters, other characters may cause an error when uploading.

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