On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants are now available.
On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants of $50,000 to $250,000 (excluding GST) will provide support for activities that make energy improvements across farm systems that reflect recommendations from their On-Farm Type 2 Energy Assessments. On-Farm Energy Tier 2 projects must also demonstrate a significant improvement in energy productivity of an applicant’s farming activities.
Please note: as the Victorian State election will be held on Saturday 24 November 2018, the Victorian Government will assume a caretaker role from 6:00 pm on 30 October 2018.
Applications will remain open throughout the caretaker period and will be processed, but in line with caretaker conventions, applications cannot be decided, and contracts cannot be entered into until such time that either it becomes clear that the incumbent government will be returned, or when a new government is commissioned.
In line with caretaker conventions the incoming government will determine whether to proceed with this grant program and whether to award the grants after the caretaker period.
Further updates about the program will be published after the caretaker period.
At a glance
What is an On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grant?On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants are available to eligible primary producers. On-Farm Energy Tier 2 grants support projects that make energy improvements across farm systems. Projects must demonstrate a significant improvement in energy productivity of an Applicant’s farming activities.
On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants form part of the Victorian Government's Agriculture Energy Investment Plan.
Potential value of support
The government will provide $50,000 to $250,000 (excluding GST). Recipients are required to contribute at least 50 per cent of the total cash costs of the project.
On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants are available to eligible primary producers who are recipients of an On-Farm Type 2 Energy Assessment.
For full details and how to apply, please visit the On-Farm Energy Assessment application page.
To be eligible for an On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grant farms must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a legal entity1
- Be a business with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Be in receipt of an On-Farm Type 2 Energy Assessment undertaken as part of the Agricultural Energy Investment Plan Energy Assessment Program, or an approved equivalent energy assessment
- Conduct an eligible farm business located in Victoria
- Spend more than $25,000 per annum (including GST) on electricity, gas, LPG and diesel (excluding transport related energy costs)
- Be able to meet the agreed minimum 50 per cent private cash co-contribution and provide evidence of the co-contribution2
- Attest to having obtained all relevant regulatory permits and approvals for the project to commence (where applicable)
- Meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards
- Have at least three (3) years of trading history
- Agree to participate in future program evaluation activity
- Provide audited financial reports for the last three financial years to enable the Department to conduct a financial risk assessment3 (including Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet and notes to the accounts) and management or interim accounts for the current year, if the most recent Financial Report is more than six months old 4, 5
- Provide relevant business information on the project including costs.
Who is not eligible for an On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grant?
- Farm business engaged in forestry, on-sea aquaculture and agriculture transport operators
- Farm businesses that have energy expenses below $25,000 (excluding GST)
- Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies or bodies
- Publicly funded research institutions
- Industry associations
- Not-for-profit organisations
- Community-based organisations.
If you are unsure about your eligibility or have a question about the application process, please call the Customer Contact Centre on 136 186.
What documentation will be required for the application?
Documentation required for the application includes:
- a minimum of one itemised quote for all equipment items and/or fit-out cost identified in the energy assessment report
- an itemised on-farm energy assessment report that relates to your equipment requirements for individual applicants that have received a Group On-Farm Energy Assessment
- a copy of an equivalent on-farm energy assessment, if not undertaken through the Agricultural Energy Investment Plan
- documentation required for undertaking a Financial Risk Assessment report.
Applicants may be contacted by DEDJTR to provide additional supporting documentation.
DEDJTR reserves the right to request additional information from applicants on quoted prices to ensure competitive market rates.
Applications can only be submitted online.
Supporting documents like as your quotes, will need to be uploaded electronically via the online application form.
How many On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants are available?
On-Farm Energy Tier 2 Grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever occurs first).
How do I apply?
Please ensure you read the Program Guidelines below for a full explanation of the application and program evaluation process.
If you're unsure about your eligibility or have a question about the application process please call the Customer Contact Centre on 136 186.
You can apply via the Apply Now button on this page.
PLEASE NOTE: If your application in successful, you will receive a letter of offer and a standard agreement that will need to be signed and returned.
1 A legal entity includes an incorporated association or a company.
2 Evidence of a co-contribution includes evidence of support from the Board or business can undertake the project and meet its co-contribution costs, and one of the following i) an approved loan facility (including loan amount), or ii) cash at bank (current bank statement) or iii) management accounts demonstrating satisfactory cash flow or liquid assets.
3 Financial Risk Assessments are undertaken by the Department to establish the financial risk exposure of the applicant, and whether the applicant is likely to remain financially viable over the duration of the project.
4 It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all requested documentation is supplied to the Department. Failure to do so may result in the application being rejected
5 If the applicant’s accounts are not audited, we will accept unaudited accounts, which have been prepared by their accountant.