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Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund – Microgrids 2020-21


The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund – Microgrids provides funding to undertake feasibility studies into more reliable, secure and cost effective energy supply for regional and remote communities in Australia.

Open date: 16 Dec 2020 09:00 AM AEDT.
Close date: 27 Jan 2021 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

Grants from $100,000 to $10 million.

Who is this for?

Australian businesses with projects located in an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote areas.

Overview


The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund - Microgrids (the program) will run over five years from 2019-20 to 2023-24. The program was announced by the Australian Government as a measure in the 2019 Budget to support feasibility studies into more reliable, secure and cost effective energy supply to regional and remote communities in Australia.

The program will fund feasibility studies looking at microgrid technologies to replace, upgrade or supplement existing electricity supply arrangements in off-grid and fringe-of grid communities located in regional and remote areas. This will be achieved through:

  • improved regional business, community services and emergency resilience through innovative microgrid solutions
  • scaled-up and improved microgrid systems in regional and remote communities
  • increased human capital (skills/knowledge) in the design and deployment of microgrids
  • demonstrated commerciality and/or reliability and security benefits of deploying and upgrading microgrids
  • reduced barriers to microgrid uptake in remote and regional communities
  • increased dissemination of technology and/or project knowledge regarding the deployment and upgrading of microgrids.

There is up to $25.8 million available for this grant opportunity.

The minimum grant amount is $100,000 and the maximum grant is $10 million.

You must complete your project by 30 June 2024.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must be an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation.

Your trading activities must either:

  • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation
  • be a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation.

We can only accept applications if your project is located in an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote area. These are defined by the Australian Statistical Geographic Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Area.

If you are ineligible you may be able to submit a joint application. Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

Check the full eligibility details in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Applying


How do you apply?

You should read the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and Sample Grant Agreement before you apply.

When the grant opportunity is available, 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.

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Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Grant recipients

Successful applications under the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund.

Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement standard

Accountant declaration