On-farm energy tier 1 grants
Tier 1 grants have been extended
The application deadline for on-farm energy grants available to primary producers has been extended to 30 June 2020 or until funding is exhausted (whichever comes first).
The Victorian Government will provide up to $50,000 (ex GST) matched against a cash contribution of at least 50 per cent.
You will need a valid on-farm energy assessment conducted in the past two years to access Tier 1 grants available 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.
Learn more about preparing your documentation.
- On-Farm Energy Tier 1 Grants – Farmer Guidelines (PDF - 305.3 KB)
- On-Farm Energy Tier 1 Grants – Farmer Guidelines (WORD - 20.2 KB)
If you have any questions about the application, please email email@example.com or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
To be eligible for an on-farm energy tier 1 grant, farmers must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be in receipt of a type 1 or type 2 on-farm energy assessment undertaken as part of the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan, or an approved equivalent energy assessment;
- Be a business with an Australian Business Number (ABN);
- Have an eligible farm business located in Victoria;
- Spend more than $8,000 per annum (including GST) on energy inclusive of electricity, gas, LPG and diesel (excludes energy for transport);
- Be a legal entity 1;
- Be able to meet the required cash co-contribution (a minimum of $1 for every $1 provided by the government);
- Attest to having obtained all relevant regulatory approvals for the project to commence (where applicable);
- Meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards; and
- Agree to participate in future program evaluation activity.
1 A legal entity includes an incorporated association or company.
Preparing your on-farm energy tier 1 grant documentation
The documents you will need for the application are:
- Your ABN
- Copies of your type 1 or type 2 on-farm energy assessment, or approved equivalent energy assessment report
- Two itemised quotes for each equipment item and/or fit-out cost identified in the energy assessment report
- For individual applicants that have received a group on-farm energy assessment; an itemised energy assessment report that relates to the applicant’s equipment requirements.
Applicants may be contacted by the department to provide additional supporting documentation.
The department reserves the right to request additional information from applicants on quoted prices to ensure competitive market rates.
Applications can only be submitted online.
Supporting documents like your quotes, will need to be uploaded electronically with the application form online.
Frequently asked questions
When can I apply to get an on-farm energy tier 1 grant?
Applications are now open and will be accessible online via the Agriculture Victoria website.
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.
The on-farm energy assessments will form the basis of the grant application and recommend what items and equipment will boost the farm's energy efficiency or reduce consumption.
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 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 assessment is made, you might elect to implement simple changes in management practices or decide to apply for a grant which could help you implement equipment updates identified in the assessment.
How many pieces of equipment can be included in the application?
The on-farm energy grant funding is not limited by the number of items. However, all items need to be identified in the on-farm energy assessment and the maximum amount provided by the government will not exceed $50,000.
Can I get a grant for piece of equipment that is not identified in the On-farm Energy Assessment?
No. Only items and equipment identified in the on-farm energy assessment are eligible for funding.
Does the grant need to be for the top recommended item identified in the on-farm energy assessment?
You can apply for an on-farm energy grant for any item identified in the on-farm energy assessment.
Do I need to have all planning permits in place before applying for a grant?
Yes. We recommend that you check with your local council to identify if any permits are required. If you are installing solar panels connected to the grid you will also need to contact the electricity distribution business for approval.
The equipment I want to purchase will cost $125,000. How much funding can I apply for?
The maximum grant value provided by the government is $50,000. If the total cost of project expenditure is $125,000 (excluding GST) the government grant can provide up to $50,000 (excluding GST) and the remaining $75,000 (excluding GST) must be covered by the recipient.
The project will cost $75,000 can I apply for a $50,000 grant?
No. The maximum ratio for funding is $1 for $1. That means for a project of $75,000 the maximum grant funding that may be available is $37,500.
I have two farms; can I get two separate grants?
Applicants conducting eligible farm businesses across multiple geographical sites in Victoria and/or under multiple ABNs or through multiple legal entities are eligible to apply for funding. In order to meet the objective of maximising the number of eligible farm businesses that achieve energy efficiency gains under the Agriculture Energy Investment Plan. Applicants will need to demonstrate that each eligible farm business is being conducted as a separate farm business to warrant multiple applications for a grant.
The eligibility of Applicants to receive more than one grant in these circumstances will be considered by the department on a case-by-case basis and the department’s decision will be final.
Are there any restrictions on how I can raise my share of the project?
Yes. Funding from other government programs (State, Local or Federal) cannot be used to fund the farmer's share of the project.
How long do I have to complete my grant project?
Projects must be completed within six (6) months from the date of the grant agreement unless otherwise agreed by the department.
When does payment of a grant occur?
Payment of a grant will occur at project completion. The department may, in its discretion and on a case-by-case basis, give consideration to paying a grant in (two) instalments. The request to be paid in instalments must be made at the application stage. Instalment payments will be subject to progress reporting and fulfilment of funding conditions as per the grant agreement.
What is a legal entity?
A legal entity is an association, corporation, trustee of a trust, or individual that has legal standing in the eyes of the law. A legal entity has legal capacity to enter into agreements or contracts, assume obligations, incur and pay debts, sue and be sued in its own right, and to be held responsible for its actions.