Project period extension

In response to customer feedback regarding delays completing approved projects caused by supplier and resource issues, the department is able to extend the maximum project period from up to 12 months to up to 18 months. If you are unable to complete your project by 30 June 2022 (in accordance with the program guidelines) due to these circumstances, please contact to arrange a variation to your grant agreement. Projects with approved variations will be able to be completed up to 31 December 2022.

The extension of the maximum project period does not affect the project scope or project outcome as submitted by successful grantees in their applications.

On completion of your project, we will review your compliance with the grant agreement.

Hotel Energy Uplift Program

The Hotel Energy Uplift Program will run over one year from 2020-21 to 2021-22. The program provides grants to support small and medium hotels to reduce their energy use, improve energy productivity and deliver carbon abatement. 

The grant is no longer available

Application detail:

We expect a high level of interest for this grant opportunity. Eligible applications will not automatically be approved, we will approve them according to meeting eligibility criteria, submission time and date and distribution of funding per jurisdiction.

What do you get?

Grants from $10,000 to $25,000.

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized hotel, motel or serviced apartment complex with 1 to 99 guestrooms that are advertised to, and available to be booked by, members of the public on a nightly basis.


The objectives of the program are to assist hotels to:

  • upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • upgrade the building fabric to save energy, such as improving windows, drapes or insulation
  • undertake energy management activities and assessments, such as energy audits and engineering feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • invest in energy monitoring and management systems.

There is $10.2 million available for this grant opportunity.

The minimum grant amount is $10,000 and the maximum grant is $25,000.

You must complete your project by 30 June 2022.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be a small to medium sized hotel, motel or serviced apartment complex with 1 to 99 guestrooms that are advertised to, and available to be booked by, members of the public on a nightly basis where a:
    • ‘guestroom’ is not in or on a residential property or plot
    • ‘guestroom’ is not a tent or a caravan
    • ‘guestroom’ is not a room in a youth hostel or a business that provides dormitory-style accommodation (for example to farm workers or school groups)

and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • a co-operative
  • a partnership
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

We can only accept applications where you:

  • provide the mandatory attachments listed in section 6.1
  • declare that if you have paused operating as a result of bushfires or COVID-19, that you intend to resume operating as a ‘hotel’ (as defined under this program) in the future
  • declare that you have consent from the facility owner or their representative, if you are not the facility owner
  • declare that you will use appropriately licensed tradespeople to install equipment, where applicable for your project
  • have not received a grant under the Energy Efficient Communities Program.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.


How do you apply?

The Hotel Energy Uplift Program is closed to applications.

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Choosing a project

Hotel Energy Uplift Program Choosing a Project


This video is provided to applicants of the Australian Government’s Hotel Energy Uplift Program with advice to maximise the value of their projects.

Grant recipients

View the successful applicants for the Hotel Energy Uplift Program.

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form