Critical Minerals Development Program

This program provides funding to help progress early to mid-stage critical minerals projects towards financing and production. Projects will target critical minerals as listed in Australia’s Critical Minerals Strategy.

Closes in 15 days

Closing date: Monday 20 February 2023 5:00pm AEDT Mon 20 Feb 2023 5:00pm AEDT

What do you get?

From $1 million to $30 million of funding.

Who is this for?

Australian critical minerals industry entities and/or State or Territory government agencies who are undertaking projects that support Australia's Critical Minerals Strategy and long term sustainable growth.


The Critical Minerals Development Program provides funding for projects producing or planning to produce critical mineral(s) listed in Australia’s Critical Minerals Strategy. This includes activities undertaken post-exploration and before final investment decision. 

The program aims to support:

  • and lower risk associated with critical development activities 
  • global transition to net-zero emissions by 2050 through the development of Australia’s critical mineral resources
  • economic development and jobs in regional communities
  • workplace gender equality, opportunities for First Nations people, economic development and jobs in regional communities
  • long term sustainable growth in the Australian critical minerals sector. 

Information sessions

The Department of Industry, Science and Resources will be running two information sessions to answer your questions on the dates:

  • Wednesday 25 January 2023 1:00pm AEDT  
  • Wednesday 1 February 2023 3:30pm AEDT.

Register your interest by contacting A recording will be made available afterwards.

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:

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

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

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

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete. You can’t correct a mistake.

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Apply now

Apply for the Critical Minerals Development Program now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read and understand the sample application form
  • read and understand the sample grant agreement.
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Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

CEO Board letter template