On-farm energy grants program
Grants are now open
The on-farm energy grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). Apply early so you don’t miss out.
Grants will be provided on a “dollar for dollar” cash co-contribution basis. Recipients are required to contribute at least 50 per cent of the total cash costs of the project.
You will need an on-farm energy assessment, or an equivalent certified on-farm energy assessment conducted in the past two years, to access one of the grants under the Agriculture Investment Energy Plan (AEIP).
Please note: As the Victorian State election will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018, the Victorian Government will assume a caretaker role from 6:00 pm on 30 October 2018.
Applications will remain open throughout the caretaker period and will be processed, but in line with caretaker conventions, applications cannot be decided, and contracts cannot be entered into until such time that either it becomes clear that the incumbent government will be returned, or when a new government is commissioned.
In line with caretaker conventions the incoming government will determine whether to proceed with this grant program and whether to award the grants after the caretaker period.
Further updates about the program will be published after the caretaker period.
Frequently asked questions
When can I apply to get an on-farm energy grant?
Applications are now open and are accessible online via the Agriculture Victoria website: agriculture.vic.gov.au/agenergy.
Do I need an on-farm energy assessment before I can apply for a grant?
Yes. To be eligible for the grants program, you will need to have an on-farm energy assessment completed through the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan (AEIP) or have been advised by us that your previously completed assessment is valid.
On-farm energy assessments form the basis of the grant application and recommend what equipment and systems will improve energy efficiency and energy productivity.
If you do not have a current on-farm energy assessment, free assessments are available through the AEIP.
Once an on-farm energy assessment is completed, what happens next?
Applying for a free on-farm energy assessment doesn't mean you must apply for a grant or make any up-front investments. Undertaking an on-farm energy assessment will provide you with advice and a plan to reduce on-farm energy consumption and bills, which may not require any further up-front investments.
Once an on-farm energy assessment is made, you might elect to make simple changes in management practices or decide to apply for a grant which could help you make equipment changes identified in the on-farm energy assessment.