Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre

The program provides up to $14 million for the foundation of the Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre. The Centre will aim to grow Australia’s renewables technologies industry and establish Australia as a leader in renewables technologies.
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Closing date: Monday 19 June 2023 5:00pm AEST Mon 19 Jun 2023 5:00pm AEST

What do you get?

The grant amount will be up to 60 per cent of eligible expenditure up to a maximum of $14 million. You are responsible for the remaining eligible and ineligible project costs.

Contributions to your project must be cash. You cannot use funding from other Commonwealth, state, territory or local government sources to fund your share of eligible expenditure.

Who is this for?

Australian industry organisations, research institutions and partnerships with expertise in renewable technology.

Overview

The Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre program will run over four years from 2023-24 to 2026-27. The program was announced as part of the Australian Made Battery Plan to create more jobs and greater wealth for the nation by manufacturing batteries onshore.

The program will complement the Australian Made Battery Plan by establishing the Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre (PAIGC), which will support Australian businesses in developing and adopting new renewable technologies, including batteries.

The objective of the program is to establish the national PAIGC to:

  • support businesses looking to locally manufacture renewable technologies and commercialise local ideas
  • encourage connection between critical minerals producers and renewables manufacturers
  • facilitate partnerships between governments, research institutions, and industry to drive the development and adoption of renewable technologies in Australia
  • support businesses in navigating battery regulatory barriers, and 
  • support First Nations businesses to contribute to the development of renewable technologies through engagement of a First Nations Business Advisor.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • grow Australia’s renewables technologies industry and establish Australia as a leader in renewables technologies by:
    • increasing the development and adoption of renewable technologies and processes across Australian industries and firms
    • increasing domestic demand for renewable technologies
    • increasing Australia’s competitiveness in international renewable technologies markets
    • upskilling workers to service the renewable technologies industry
    • uplifting capabilities of businesses to overcome battery regulatory barriers
    • developing domestic end-to-end battery and other renewables supply chains.
  • increase First Nations business participation in the development of renewable technologies
  • support Australia’s emission reduction targets by driving industry’s transition to clean energy through the adoption of new technologies
  • support economic growth and job opportunities within the renewable technologies industry. 

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.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • are non-income tax-exempt
  • are registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST); and
  • are one of the following entities:
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)
  • income tax exempt
  • an individual
  • an unincorporated association
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

Partner with other organisations

You can partner with one or more other organisations that also meet the eligibility criteria. But you must decide who the lead organisation is.

The lead organisation must fill out the application form.

If we give your group the grant, the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement.

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 assess the merits of your proposal.

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

The application form to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) will ask you a series of questions about your proposed project. You must address all Stage One assessment criteria as part of your EOI application. 

In considering your EOI, we first check that you meet the eligibility criteria. If eligible, an Independent Committee (the Committee) will assess your EOI against the Stage One assessment criteria based on the weighting given to each criterion. 

We will only invite applications that score at least 50 per cent against all Stage One assessment criteria to submit an application under Stage Two. 

If invited to participate in Stage Two, you will be asked to submit an application which addresses all Stage Two assessment criteria. The Stage Two application will require you to provide more detailed responses along with evidence to support your answers. The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide should be proportionate to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. 

The Committee will assess your application based on its merits, giving consideration to:

  • how well it meets the criteria
  • how is compares to other applications
  • whether is provides value with relevant money.

Apply now

Apply for Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre 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.
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

See our customer portal's frequently asked questions to help with your queries. If you can't find your answer, contact us for assistance.

If you submit your application before the close date you can retrieve it any time to make changes. But you must submit it again before the close date.

We can’t consider the application you submit after the close date under any circumstances.

Contact

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form - Stage one

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Sample application form - Stage two

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Sample grant agreement

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