28 October 2022
The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water has thoroughly reviewed a number of grant programs to ensure investments are targeted and aligned with policy priorities.
The Energy Efficient Communities (EEC) Food and Beverage grants program is one of the programs that was under review. The Food and Beverage grants are intended for energy efficiency upgrades for small manufacturers.
Many businesses have been awaiting news on whether they have been successful and whether to proceed with their projects. The Government has announced that the review process has now been completed.
All applicants were emailed in the week of 3 October 2022 giving them information on the next steps of the process.
Successful applicants have been contacted to begin contract negotiations. Unsuccessful applicants are also being contacted and provided with feedback. The Department is working closely with AusIndustry to support the successful roll-out of the grants.
The Government has affirmed its commitment to working with small and medium businesses to reduce their energy costs through energy efficiency with the announcement in the Federal Budget on Tuesday 25 October 2022 a further $62.6 million in funding to support for small and medium businesses to undertake energy efficiency measures. More information, including eligibility criteria and application dates, will be shared in coming months.
For more information on grants available to business, visit: https://www.energy.gov.au/business