Last week, Tim Wilson, Assistant Minister to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emission Reduction announced the release of program guidelines for the $19.9 million Energy Efficient Communities Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grant program.
The program will provide grants to support small and medium sized food and beverage manufacturing businesses to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies to manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills. Successful businesses will save energy by replacing existing equipment with more energy efficient equipment, installing or replacing components to help existing systems run more efficiently, carrying out energy audits and monitoring and optimising energy use and emissions.
Applications will be open from 9.00am AEDT pm 12 January 2022 and applications will close at 5.00pm AEDT on 18 February 2022 or earlier if funding is exhausted.
The minimum grant amount is $10,000 and the maximum grant is $25,000.
Funding will be distributed between states and territories with the following percentage breakdown which is based on the distribution of small and medium sized food and beverage manufacturing businesses nationally.
Notional number of grants
Assistant Minister to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Tim Wilson said the program will cut power bills for businesses and create jobs directly in the sector as well as for local tradespeople.
“The Morrison Government is helping food and beverage manufacturing businesses to take practical action to cut their energy bills and emissions by upgrading costly and inefficient equipment, like fridges and boilers,” he said.
“These grants are another clear example of the Morrison Government’s technology not taxes approach to reducing emissions, which will bring down power bills and create jobs.”
We expect a high level of interest for this grant opportunity. Eligible applications will not automatically be approved. We will award grants according to meeting eligibility and submission time and date until the funding is exhausted in each jurisdiction.
You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grant. You can apply if you:
- are an eligible entity
- have an eligible project
- have eligible expenditure