Powering the Regions Fund – Critical Inputs to Clean Energy Industries – Cement, Lime, Alumina and Aluminium Sectors grant opportunity

The Powering the Regions Fund – Critical Inputs to Clean Energy Industries – CLAAS grant opportunity will provide up to $100 million to projects that help these sectors to reduce emissions and support Australia’s emissions reduction targets.
Closes in 35 days

Closing date: Thursday 2 November 2023 6:00pm AEDT Thu 2 Nov 2023 6:00pm AEDT

What do you get?

A grant amount of $1,000,000 to $100,000,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible project expenditure.

Who is this for?

Organisations that own, operate or will partner with safeguard mechanism facilities located in Australia in the Cement, Lime, Alumina or Aluminium Sectors.


This grant opportunity was announced in alignment with the Powering the Regions Fund objective of supporting the development of new clean energy industries.

Funding of $200 million has been allocated to the Critical Inputs to Clean Energy Industries – Cement, Lime Alumina and Aluminium Sectors to help these sectors maintain a presence in Australia and continue to deliver critical inputs for the infrastructure and supply chains needed for Australia to be a renewable energy powerhouse.

The objectives of this grant opportunity are to:

  • support and sustain sovereign manufacturing capability during the net zero transformation
  • ensure the continued availability of locally produced cement, lime, alumina and aluminium, which are critical inputs to the clean energy supply chain
  • support the development of low emissions cement, lime, alumina and aluminium sectors consistent with the Australian Government’s climate commitments
  • advance the development of new clean energy industries, aligned with Australia’s ambition to become a renewable energy powerhouse
  • reduce the risk of carbon leakage, which occurs when a business responds to emissions reduction policies by moving emissions-intensive production to a country with less stringent policies.
  • encourage collaboration on decarbonisation planning within each hard-to-abate sector.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • continued domestic production of cement, lime, alumina and aluminium, until 2030 and beyond
  • increased deployment and commercialisation of low emissions technologies
  • increased ability for the sectors to contribute to decarbonisation and transformation to net zero, and pursue new clean energy and value-adding opportunities, including export opportunities
  • assisting sectors to have a viable pathway to net zero under existing and emerging technology.

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.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • are registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST)

and are one of the following entities

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated association
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • publicly funded research organisations.

You can’t apply if you are:

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.

You must complete your project by 31 March 2026.

Your project must:

  • be aimed at contributing to Australia’s manufacturing capability
  • support (directly or indirectly) the broader Australian economy to achieve emissions reduction targets by 2030 and of net zero by 2050
  • have at least $2 million in eligible expenditure
  • be delivered within Australia
  • capital works must be delivered in Regional Australia (defined as any area outside a Greater Capital City but including Kwinana WA) or at a facility covered by the Safeguard Mechanism.

You can apply for a grant between $1,000,000 and $100,000,000.

You can use this grant funding for:

  • newly purchased or pre-existing purchased plant
  • hired/leased plant
  • constructed plant
  • labour expenditure, on-costs and administrative overhead
  • contract expenditure
  • decommissioning old equipment
  • staff training that directly supports the achievement of project outcomes.

Please see grant opportunity guidelines for more information.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost of the project
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities
  • be incurred by you between the project start and end date
  • meet the eligible expenditure 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.

First we check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Then we assess your application against the assessment criteria.

The assessment criteria are a set of rules that describe how we must assess each application.

We give each criterion a certain number of points.

We’ll decide whether to award you the grant based on the total number of points we give your application.

  • Assessment criterion 1: Describe how your project will contribute to Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capability, decarbonisation and clean energy supply chains (50 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (25 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3: Impact of the grant funding on your project (25 points)

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The Minister makes the final decision.

Apply now

Apply for the Powering the Regions Fund – Critical Inputs to Clean Energy Industries – Cement, Lime, Alumina and Aluminium Sectors now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample application
  • read 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 find an error in your application after submitting it, you should call us immediately on 13 28 46.

After submitting your application, we can contact you for clarification if we find an error or any missing information, including evidence that supports your eligibility/merit. The acceptance of any additional information provided after the submission of your application is at the discretion of the program delegate. Additional information should not materially change your application at the time it was submitted and therefore may be refused if deemed to be purely supplementary.

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


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Information session

This information session will provide an overview of the Powering the Regions Fund – Critical Inputs to Clean Energy Industries – Cement, Lime, Alumina and Aluminium Sectors grant opportunity.

Online session

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2023

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm AEDT

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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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Public final report guide

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Board or CEO approval letter template

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Accountant declaration template

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