Energy Efficiency Information Grants

28 organisations share in over $20 M million in grants to provide information to small and medium businesses on the smartest ways to use energy. Get started on Round 2 applications.

Round 1 Recipients

The Government has announced the successful applicants under Round One of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program. Over $20 million will be distributed to 28 organisations across a range of sectors including agriculture, automotive, manufacturing, tourism and retail.
Contact us to get started on your  Round 2 application.
Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation
Clean and Clever: Energy – Enabling small business and communities to make informed choices about energy efficiency
Lake Macquarie Business Centre, trading as the Business Growth Centre
Energy efficiency and real-time energy monitoring for Lake Macquarie businesses
North East Farming Futures Group Inc
A profit-driven program for increasing knowledge and adoption of energy-saving initiatives amongst farming enterprises utilising grass-roots and online community forums
Strata Community Australia
Sustainable Strata – an energy efficiency capacity building project for residential owners corporations and their SME service providers
Australian Conservation Foundation
Spark! Energy for Change
Hunter Business Chamber
Energy Hunter – Our Clean Energy Future
Moreland Energy Foundation Limited
Easy energy efficiency for SMEs – animating the business case for action in northern metro Melbourne
Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA)
Energy in chemicals and plastics SMEs: Facts and efficiency – reducing energy consumption and costs
The Australian Meat Industry Council, The Australian Meat Processor Corporation, and The National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council
An engagement, extension and education program for small-medium enterprises delivering to the red meat industry, supply chain and related communities
Brisbane GreenHeart CitySmart Pty Ltd
Green Business Leaders Energy Saver Project
South Australian Wine Industry Association
Development of the ‘Winery energy saver toolkit’
The Australian Industry Group
Interactive online tools and resources and onsite support services
Australian Tourism Export Council Ltd
Tourisms Bright Future
Food South Australia Incorporated
Business Case for Energy-Efficient Equipment Toolkit and Mentoring Program
Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce
Automotive Industry Energy Efficiency Information Project
Australian Foundry Institute – South Australia (on behalf of Australian Foundry Institute National)
National Foundry Industry Energy Efficiency Information and Support Program targeted to SME foundry and casting businesses
Dairy Australia
Smarter energy use on Australian dairy farms
Community Children’s Centres SA
Energy Efficiency Information Program for Community Children’s Centres in South Australia
Conservation Council of South Australia Inc
Green Hubs Energy Efficiency Program: Providing energy efficiency to community organisations in SA
The Hills Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre (THHPMRC)
3E Program (Enable Energy Efficiency) for CALD SMEs and Community Organisations in Western Sydney
Queensland Murray Darling Committee Inc
Empowering small to medium businesses/community groups in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin to embrace building an energy efficient smart region
Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre WA Inc
TCF Australia: National ONLINE Energy Efficiency Training & Mentoring Project: textiles, clothing, footwear, leather, fashion & creative industries
Australian Hotels Association
Hotel Energy Efficiency Information Program
Master Grocers Australia/Liquor Retailers Australia
Energy Efficiency Information Program
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Energy Efficiency Management for SME Commercial Office Tenants
Central Victoria Greenhouse Alliance Incorporated Association
Your Business Your Future – showing small business the light on energy efficiency
Do Something! – The Energy Efficiency Portal for SMEs and Community Groups
Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)
Carbon Compass – pointing Victorian SMEs in the direction of energy efficiency opportunities and trusted information


Objective of the program

The Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program will assist industry associations and non-profit organisations provide practical, tailored energy efficiency information to SMEs and community organisations.

The objective of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program is to empower SMEs and community organisations to make informed decisions about energy efficiency.

Energy saving results may become apparent immediately in some cases, but in others awareness of the opportunity will be the first step to reducing energy costs.  Successful projects under the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program will provide quality information that comes from a trusted source and is delivered in a manner that meets the needs of a time poor audience. A message that penetrates to decision makers is key in this difficult to reach part of the community.

Merit, as judged through a competitive process, will be the primary consideration when awarding Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program grants. However, the program also aims to achieve a diffusion of benefits across a range of business and community sectors and into remote and regional settings.  The Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program will directly support the research, development, dissemination and evaluation of energy efficiency information by trusted sources. Financial assistance for energy efficiency retrofits and equipment upgrades is beyond the scope of this program.



Funding for projects under the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program will commence in 2012. All successful Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program projects will need to be completed by June 2015. Funding under the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program will be provided in multiple grant rounds. Details on subsequent funding rounds will be provided through the Department’s website. Eligible applicants may submit applications for more than one project in each funding round.  Applicants under the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program may apply for funding of $100,000 to $1 million (excluding GST ) for eligible project costs. Applicant contributions are not required, but may enhance the merit of project proposals.

Consideration may be given to extending the $1 million upper limit on grants where a proposal demonstrates exceptional value for money, as described by the value for money merit criterion in Section 2.2. Access to co-funding will be given particular weight when considering a grant of more than $1 million.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for an Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program grant, an applicant will need to be either:

An industry association or professional institute that is:

  • engaged with SME s and/or community organisations;
  • registered under the Corporations Act (2001) or incorporated under state and territory incorporation legislation; and
  • constituted as a legal entity for at least 12 months and with public liability insurance to the value of $10 million; or
  • engaged with SME s and/or community organisations;
  • registered under the Corporations Act (2001) or incorporated under state and territory incorporation legislation; and
  • constituted as a legal entity for at least 12 months and with public liability insurance to the value of $10 million.

Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program applicants are encouraged to partner with other organisations to develop and/or implement energy efficiency information projects. These partnerships must have a lead applicant with whom the Department will sign a Funding Agreement. The lead applicant will have to meet the applicant eligibility criteria. These partnerships may be financial or nonfinancial in nature and may include government or nongovernment organisations, such as local councils, state and territory government agencies, financial institutions, research institutions, training providers, non-profit organisations, trade unions and energy retail and energy service companies. Written evidence that demonstrates a partners’ commitment to the proposed project will be required.


Ineligible organisations

The following organisations will not be eligible to apply for Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program grants or directly profit from a grant under the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program. Such entities may participate as partners to an eligible entity but cannot be classified as the lead entity as defined in Section

  • For-profit corporations;
  • Primary or secondary schools (government and non-government);
  • Individuals; and
  • Informal or unincorporated groups.


The Project

An eligible project for an Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program grant will be one that:

  • is located in Australia;
  • is an energy efficiency information project;
  • is directed towards SME s or community organisations (The SME s targeted are those entities with up to 200 full time equivalent employees. Community organisations targeted are those non-profit entities with an annual turnover of less than $10 million.); and
  • ensures benefits resulting from information provided with grant funds will devolve to individual SME s and community organisations and not any umbrella entity, such as a franchiser or overarching non-profit entity.

An eligible Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program project must not:

  • be a devolved grant, i.e. a grant requested by the applicant for the purpose of distributing grants to other parties;
  • be receiving any other Commonwealth Government financial support for the proposed project; and
  • include activities that are not related to the provision of energy efficiency information such as retrofits, renewable energy and water and waste reduction.


More Information

The Round 2 Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program applications will open soon. Contact us to see how we can increase your chances of funding.

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