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Victoria Offers $31 Million in Funding for Large Energy Users to Implement Energy Efficiency | Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund (BREEF)

The Victorian Government recently announced $31 million worth of grants to help businesses recover, through its Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund (BREEF) program.

 

Eligibility

Organisations who wish to apply for the Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Grant must meet the following criteria:

Applications closing soon

The government is calling businesses to draft their proposals before applications close on:

The $31 million Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund includes $24 million worth of Capital Works Grants covering the following measures:

Included in the Victoria BREEF is another $7 million Energy Demand Management Grant which will help cover expenses related to the purchase of new equipment, energy management audits and implementation, advice from industry professionals and enabling timely demand response.

How to Apply

Details on how to apply for these grants are found in the FAQ sections below.

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FAQ for Capital Works Grant – Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund (BREEF)


1. What is the purpose of the grant program?

The Program is aimed at supporting the Victorian economy to recover from the economic effects of COVID-19, as well as contributing to achieving Victoria’s emission reduction targets. The objectives of the Capital Works Grants are to:

2. Who can apply for funding?

In addition to meeting the program objectives, eligible organisations must:

have a site using over 40-megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity or over 1 terajoule (TJ) of gas per year, demonstrated by 12 months’ worth of energy bills or meter data, or evidence from their energy provider, representing pre-COVID-19 usage

3.  What type of projects will be considered for funding?

The Capital Works Grant will fund the implementation of energy-saving projects that:

4. What type of projects will not be considered for funding?

The Capital Works Grant will not fund:

*For projects that have multiple phases or are an expansion of an existing project, please contact the Program team at breef@delwp.vic.gov.au before applying.

5. When will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed for eligibility and evaluated against the assessment criteria as they are received.

6. When will the funding be available?

Funding will be available to the successful applicant, subject to the terms of the Funding Agreement. Funding agreements will be executed as projects are identified for funding as outlined in item 5 above.

7. How much funding is available for individual projects?

A total of $24 million will be made available through the Capital Works Grant, which will fund multiple projects. Therefore, projects under $2 million will be considered favourably.

8. Is there a co-funding requirement?

Applications that will be co-funding/making a co-contribution to the project will be considered favourably.

9.  Can my organisation apply for both the Capital Works and Energy Demand Management grants?

Yes. Organisations can apply for both grants. However, the same works must not be proposed in both applications.

10.  How can applicants apply?

Applications for eligible projects must be made via the online grant management portal. Applications must be received by the Department no later than 2 pm, Thursday 31 December 2020 for Phase 1 and 2 pm Sunday 31 January 2021 for Phase 2. The link to the online portal can be found here

Organisations are encouraged to take advantage of Ecosave’s complementary grant application assistance package, which includes a team of experts who manage the entire application process on your behalf as well as propose and implement energy efficiency projects in accordance with BREEF guidelines.

Click here to claim your free grant application assistance package.

11. Will there be an opportunity to ask you questions about the grants before applications closing?

Yes. Applicants can submit questions to breef@delwp.vic.gov.au no later than Thursday 24 December 2020 for Phase 1 and Monday 25 January 2021 for Phase 2

Any information provided by the department in response to any question raised by a potential applicant may be uploaded onto the “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage.

12. When will applicants be notified?

Applications will be assessed as they are received, and applicants notified of funding soon after the assessment has been completed.

Applicants with projects ready to commence are encouraged to apply during Phase 1.

13.  How soon do projects need to commence?

Successful applicants must commence works immediately after contract execution.

 

 

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FAQ for Energy Demand Management Grant – Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund (BREEF)


1. What is the purpose of the Business Recovery Energy Efficiency grant program?

The Business Recovery Energy Efficiency Fund is aimed at supporting the Victorian economy to recover from the economic effects of COVID-19, as well as contributing to achieving Victoria’s emission reduction targets. The objectives of the Energy Demand Management Grant are to:

2. Who can apply for funding?

In addition to meeting the program objectives, eligible organisations must:

have a site using over 40-megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity or over 1 terajoule (TJ) of gas per year, demonstrated by 12 months’ worth of energy bills or meter data, or evidence from their energy provider, representing pre-COVID-19 usage.

3. What type of projects will be considered for funding?

The Energy Demand Management Grant will fund the implementation of energy-saving projects that:

4. What type of projects will not be considered for funding?

The Energy Demand Management Grant will not fund:

For projects that have multiple phases or are an expansion of an existing project, please contact the Program team at breef@delwp.vic.gov.au before applying.

5. When will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed for eligibility and evaluated against the assessment criteria as they are received.

6. When will the funding be available?

Funding will be available to the successful applicant, subject to the terms of the Funding Agreement. Funding agreements will be executed as projects are identified for funding as outlined in item 5 above.

7. How much funding is available for individual projects?

A total of $7 million will be made available through the Energy Demand Management Grant, which will fund multiple projects. Therefore, projects under $500,000 will be considered favourably.

8. Is there a co-funding requirement?

Applications that will be co-funding/making a co-contribution to the project will be considered favourably.

9. Can my organisation apply for both the Energy Demand Management and Capital Works grants?

Yes. Organisations can apply for both grants. However, the same works must not be proposed in both applications.

10. How can applicants apply?

Applications for eligible projects must be made via the online grant management portal. Applications must be received by the Department no later than 2 pm, Thursday 31 December 2020 for Phase 1 and 2 pm Monday 1 February 2021 for Phase 2. The link to the online portal can be found here. 

Organisations are encouraged to take advantage of Ecosave’s complimentary grant application assistance package, which includes a team of experts who manage the entire application process on your behalf as well as propose and implement energy efficiency projects in accordance with BREEF guidelines.

Click here to claim your free grant application assistance package.

11. Will there be an opportunity to ask you questions about the grants before applications closing?

Yes. Applicants can submit questions to breef@delwp.vic.gov.au no later than Thursday 24 December 2020 for Phase 1 and Monday 25 January 2021 for Phase 2.

Any information provided by the department in response to any question raised by a potential applicant may be uploaded onto the “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage.

12. When will applicants be notified?

Applications will be assessed as they are received, and applicants notified of funding soon after the assessment has been completed.

Applicants with projects ready to commence are encouraged to apply during Phase 1 applications.

13. How soon do projects need to commence?

Successful applicants must commence works immediately after contract execution

 


 

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