What is the EEC Small Business Grants?

The EEC Program – Small Business Grants is a grant opportunity to support small 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

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $40 million over 4 years for the program. For the EEC Small Business Grants, $9.06 million is available over 2 years (2020-21 to 2021-22).

There will be a maximum of three projects funded per electorate.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible for the EEC Small Business Grants your project must:

  • be aimed at reducing the energy consumption of your business
  • have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure.

 

Eligible activities include:

  • replacing existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently (for example installing a variable speed drive on a pump, or installing automatic controls on energy using equipment, or installing a modulating burner on a boiler)
  • energy audits
  • investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • monitoring of energy consumption and emissions.

In the application form, you will be asked to describe the main focus areas of your project. The focus areas are:

  • energy audits
  • investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • energy monitoring
  • lighting
  • heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC)
  • commercial refrigeration
  • compressed air
  • process heating, cooling and pumping
  • other equipment
  • motors (where not covered by another focus area)
  • business and process automation (where not covered by another focus area).

Some examples of eligible projects in these focus areas are provided in Appendix A of the guidelines.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the EEC Small Business Grants you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an annual turnover of less than $10 million based on Business Activity Statements from the previous 12 months

and be one of the following entities:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a co-operative
  • a partnership
  • a sole trader.

This grant opportunity can only accept applications:

  • where you confirm that you are authorised to undertake your project as described (for example, within your leasing arrangements)
  • where you can demonstrate that you will use appropriately licensed tradespeople to install equipment, where applicable
  • that include a supplier declaration
  • 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.

 

Timing

Applications close 26 August 2020.

 

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