On-farm energy grants program
Grants have been extended
The application deadline for on-farm energy grants available to eligible primary producers has been extended to 30 June 2020 or until funding is exhausted (whichever comes first).
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 a valid on-farm energy assessment conducted in the past two years to access one of the grants under the Agriculture Investment Energy Plan (AEIP).
Free on-farm energy assessments are available under the AEIP if you apply before 31 March 2020.
You can also access an AEIP grant if you’ve had an equivalent certified on-farm energy assessment.
Frequently asked questions
When can I apply to get an on-farm energy grant?
Applications are now open.
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 upfront 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.