Tier 1 grants – streamlined dairy
Tier 1 grants are now open
The on-farm energy tier 1 grants are available to eligible primary producers until 30 June 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). Apply early so you don’t miss out.
The Victorian Government will provide up to $50,000 (ex GST) matched against a cash contribution of at least 50 per cent.
Grants under the streamlined dairy program are only available for the following items:
- Solar Photovoltaic systems up to 20kW
- Variable speed drives on pumps and/or compressors
- Thermal heat recovery systems
- LED Lighting upgrades
- Improving pre-chilling of milk (i.e. ice bank/plate coolers, heat exchangers and evaporative coolers)
- Electronic control valves
- Heat pumps
- Pump replacement (not irrigation related)
- Cooling fan replacement
- Milk vat replacement
- Reasonable installation costs.
The attached excel spreadsheet must be completed when applying for these items. Applications for items not on the list above will need to be made through the normal Tier 1 grants process and will require an On-Farm Energy Assessment.
You will need to provide supporting documentation with your application.
Learn more about preparing your documentation.
If you have any questions about the application, please email the Agriculture Victoria team at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 a dairy farmer seeking support for items on the list above for the Tier 1 – Streamlined Dairy grant
- Be a business with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Have an eligible dairy 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
- 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
- Two itemised quotes for each equipment item and/or fit-out cost identified in the energy assessment report
- Attached spreadsheet with relevant information completed in accordance with selected eligible equipment
- Copies of energy bills for at least one quarter that most represents the average energy consumption and expenses on-farm in the 12 months prior to lodging your application
- 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. The spreadsheet requesting additional information must be completed.
Frequently asked questions
When can I apply to get an on-farm energy tier 1 grant?
Applications are now open and accessible via this website.
Do I need an on-farm energy assessment before I can apply for a grant?
No, grants under the streamline dairy program are only available for listed eligible items.
Applications for items not on the list above will need to be made through the normal tier 1 grants process and will require an on-farm energy 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.
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) installments.
The request to be paid in installments must be made at the application stage. Installment payments will be subject to progress reporting and fulfillment 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.