Energy Efficient Communities Program – Dairy Farming Business Grants

The Energy Efficient Communities Program – Dairy Farming Business Grants provides dairy farming businesses with grants of up to $20,000 to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and lower on-farm emissions. Grants may be used for equipment replacement, component upgrades, energy audits or feasibility studies. 

Close date: 17 Aug 2020 05:00 PM AEST.

Please find more information and eligibility criteria here.

Energy Efficient Communities Program 2020

The Energy Efficient Communities Program will deliver $40 million in grants to help community groups and businesses lower their energy bills and reduce emissions.

What is the aim of the program?
To help businesses and community organisations save energy and lower bills through:

  • equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption
  • investment in energy and emissions monitoring and management systems to better manage energy use
  • completion of energy systems assessments according to the Australian Standard or feasibility studies to investigate energy efficiency opportunities
  • for community organisations only, energy generation and storage projects (for example, solar PV panels, batteries and solar hot water)

Who is it for and when do applications open?
There are two streams to the program:

  • Business Stream (The Business Stream is expected to open in mid-2020.)
  • Community Organisations Stream (closed 18 May 2020).

Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020 (Business Stream)

Eligible applicants will be:

  • Small businesses turning over less than $10 million per year
  • High energy-using businesses consuming over 0.05 petajoules each year

The Business Stream incorporates an election commitment of $10 million for dairy farming businesses, which may apply through either of the above categories, subject to eligibility.

Full details of the eligibility requirements and how to apply will be specified in the guidelines, when released.

Eligible activities are expected to include:

  • Equipment upgrades that reduce energy consumption (excluding solar generators and batteries),
  • Investment in monitoring systems to better manage energy use
  • Energy audits or energy-efficiency investment feasibility studies.

Details of eligible activities for the Business Stream will be specified in the guidelines, when released.

For more information, and to apply, click here.


Please see the Energy Savers Fact Sheet for details on finance and funding options for energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. View full fact sheet here.


Positive Payback for business for energy efficiency projects such as:

  • Building Management Systems (BMS) and Demand Management Systems (DMS)
  • Hot water and steam
  • HVAC
  • Lifts and elevators
  • Lighting
  • Motors
  • Power factor correction
  • Refrigeration


local government

brisbane city council

Sustainability Grants for non-profits

 cairns regional council

Community Sustainability Grant for non-profits


The Eco Efficiency Group also have a great blog on funding options including:

  • Loans
  • Leases
  • On-bill financing, and
  • Agreements