Community Batteries for Household Solar Program - Delivery of Election Commitments Stream 1 - Round 2

This opportunity supports organisations to deliver community batteries in eligible locations to support lower electricity bills and emissions, support storage of excess solar energy and reduce pressure on the grid.

Closes in 15 days

Closing date: Friday 13 October 2023 5:00pm AEDT Fri 13 Oct 2023 5:00pm AEDT

What do you get?

Grants between $100,000 and $500,000 per eligible location. The grant will provide $1,000 per kilowatt hour (kWh) of battery storage capacity and up to 100% of eligible project expenditure.

Who is this for?

Distributed Network Service Providers (DNSPs) and other organisations.


This grant opportunity will deliver community batteries to support lower electricity bills and emissions, support storage of excess solar energy, and reduce pressure on the grid. It complements the Community Batteries for Household Solar Program - Delivery of Election Commitments Stream 1 and Stream 2 grant opportunities.

This program aims to install, connect and operate community batteries in certain locations listed in the grant opportunity guidelines. Only one community battery can be installed in each location under this grant opportunity. You can apply for funding to install a community battery in more than one location but you must submit a separate application for each location.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you meet all the following:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and are one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia (including where acting as trustee on behalf of a trust)
  • an Australian local government agency or body
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO)
  • an Australian state/territory government agency or body.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is eligible to apply. For further information, refer to the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can’t apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth entity.

You must complete your project by 31 March 2025.

Your project must:

  • be located in Australia, in one of the eligible suburbs listed at Appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines.
  • commission and install a community battery (a battery energy storage system consisting of one or more batteries, for example a series of pole mounted batteries) situated in front of the meter on the distribution network with a minimum storage capacity of 100 kWh and maximum capacity of 5 MWH
  • have at least $100,000 in eligible expenditure.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

When the online form is available, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

The assessment criteria are a set of standards that we use to assess each application.

Your responses to each assessment criteria are given a score out of 50 points.

You must score at least 30 points for each assessment criteria to be considered for funding. Your score will be compared against all other applications applying for funding in the same location.

  • Assessment criterion 1: Alignment with program objectives (50 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (50 points)

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. Answer all questions as only information provided within the application can be considered in the assessment.

The decision maker (who is a delegate in DCCEEW) makes the final decision to award a grant.

Apply now

Apply for the Community Batteries for Household Solar Program - Delivery of Election Commitments Stream 1 Round 2 now.

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines.
Apply now

Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

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Past rounds

This opportunity is part of the Community Batteries for Household Solar Program.



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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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