Energy Efficient Communities (EEC) Program - Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grants

The grant provides small/medium businesses up to $25,000 to improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills.


Closes in 27 days

Closing date: 18 Feb 2022 05:00 PM AEDT

What do you get?

Funding from between $10,000 and $25,000 to reduce the energy consumption of your business.

Who is this for?

The grant is targeted at small and medium food and beverage manufacturing businesses.


The objective of the grant opportunity is to support small and medium sized food and beverage manufacturing enterprises to save energy by:

  • replacing existing equipment with more energy efficient equipment
  • installing or replacing components to help existing systems run more efficiently
  • carrying out energy audits
  • monitoring and optimising energy use and emissions
  • increasing knowledge of energy efficiency practices, and
  • positioning small and medium sized enterprises to adopt future technological advancement in energy consumption.

The intended outcomes of this grant are to:

  • lower energy costs through the adoption of energy efficiency practices and equipment
  • increase awareness of energy efficiency opportunities
  • enable energy savings that lead  to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The focus areas are:

  • energy audits and energy management
  • energy monitoring
  • heating ventilation and air conditioning at the manufacturing facility
  • lighting
  • other motors, conveyors, blowers, fans, pumps, and fluid distribution systems
  • power supply
  • process automation and controls
  • process cooling
  • process heating or drying
  • air compressors and compressed air systems
  • waste management.

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

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.

Apply now

Check the list below to see if we are still accepting applications from your state or territory.

State and Territory application status:

  • New South Wales – Open for applications
  • Queensland – Open for applications
  • Victoria – Open for applications
  • Western Australia – Open for applications
  • South Australia – Open for applications
  • Tasmania – Open for applications
  • Northern Territory – Open for applications
  • Australian Capital Territory – Open for applications

Apply for Energy Efficient Communities Program - Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grants .

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample application form
  • read the sample Exchange of Letters grant agreement. 

Further guidance

Information session

Information session recording


We hosted this information session on 10 January 2022. It provides an overview of the Energy Efficient Communities Program - Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grants, including key dates, eligibility requirements and application process.


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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample grant application form

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