Sustainability Victoria are offering matched-funding grants of up to $50,000 to assist eligible businesses with the cost of a variety of gas-related projects that will:
"Right now, it’s cheaper to buy Australian gas in Japan than it is in Victoria, which is putting pressure on local businesses, jobs, and household gas bills.” – Ministerial Media Release, 7 June 2017.
The Gas Efficiency Grants will support businesses to take practical action that results in more efficient use of gas, helping relieve gas cost pressures.
For large gas users, there are often many opportunities to improve efficiency such as upgrades to boiler or steam systems, industrial ovens or kilns, or recovering waste heat. Even improving the operation and maintenance of steam boilers can typically save up to 5% in gas use – that’s 5% less gas that your business needs to purchase.
Many businesses are already increasing energy efficiency and reducing gas use and costs through SV programs. Learn more about Gas Efficiency Grants awarded to-date, watch video case studies, and read our best practice guides for ideas about making improvements at your business.
If you are unsure whether it is worthwhile investing in energy efficiency at your business, you can start by contacting Sustainability Victoria and asking to speak with a member of our Sustainable Business team.
Our Energy Assessment Grants are also a great way to start as they will identify potential energy efficiency improvements for your business, as well as review pricing tariffs and suitable renewable energy options.
Gas Efficiency grants are intended to support businesses operating in Victoria with an annual energy spend above $20,000 and using gas for equipment and/or processes that are core to the business operations. The types of businesses that can apply include, but are not limited to, manufacturers and processors.
Please note that some types of businesses and activities will not be eligible for funding, such as:
Note that a funding cap of $50,000 will apply to a business and its related entities. Similarly, SV may apply a funding cap to a franchise chain or group buying chain.
The complete eligibility criteria are published in the Grant Program Guidelines.
Four different types of project activities are eligible for funding:
An eligible project may focus on just one or a combination of these activities.
There is flexibility as to whether your project improves gas efficiency or gas productivity. This concept is most applicable to a manufacturing or processing facility that is expanding its operations:
Further information about the types of projects that can be funded will be published in the Grant Program Guidelines.
The program involves an eligibility and merit-based application process. Full details of the program are outlined within the Program Guidelines and Application form, which are located here.
Grants will be approved for funding on a rolling basis. Once you have completed the application form we will assess your application and let you know if you have been successful.
Following this you will need to enter into a Funding Agreement (contract) with us.
Approved projects must be completed within 12 months of the funding agreement being signed.
Gas Efficiency Grants will be available until the $2 million funding pool has been fully allocated. Information about grants awarded to-date will be is published on the Sustainability Victoria website, as recipients are announced . The grants opened for applications on 11 October 2017.
Download the Grant Program Guidelines and familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria. Check if your business is eligible to apply and if the project you are proposing is eligible for funding.
If you are interested in applying, please register your details to be kept informed about any announcements, changes, or upcoming information sessions for these grants. We will also share latest news about the Boosting Business Productivity program.
As part of the application process, you will need to complete a survey on energy use. Refer to the Application form for guidance on completing either the Victorian Government or the Sustainability Victoria survey.
Review the Terms of Participation in a Grants Program before submitting your application.
Submit your completed application form to email@example.com
If successful, you will need to enter into a Funding Agreement (contract) with Sustainability Victoria. Review the template contract, and standard Terms and Conditions.
A member of the Sustainable Business team will support you throughout the process as your application progresses.
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