Energy-efficiency funding still available for F&B firms under the EEC Program

Funds are still available to Australian food and beverage SMEs keen to reduce power bills and emissions under the Australian Government’s Energy Efficient Communities (EEC) $19+ million Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grants program.

Eligible firms can apply for grants of between $10,000 and $25,000 to:

  • conduct energy audits;
  • replace existing equipment with more energy-efficient models; and/or
  • improve energy monitoring and management.

Announcing the EEC program in 2021, Assistant Minister for Industry Tim Wilson said the program targets food and beverage manufacturers, which include some of the nation’s most energy-intensive small and medium businesses.

“We’re supporting fantastic Aussie manufacturers like Bellevue Orchard based in in Officer, Victoria,” Minister Wilson said.

“Businesses like this and others around the country will benefit from investing in new energy-efficient technologies and by understanding their energy consumption more thoroughly.”

Applicants can choose from a list of eligible projects outlined in Appendix A of the Grant Guidelines.

Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis, and will be paid upfront with no co-contribution requirement.

The application window closes on 18 February 2022 – or earlier, if state or territory funding limits are exhausted prior to that date.

Applications and more information

For further information or clarification about this EEC Program grant opportunity, contact on 13 28 46, or via web chat or the online enquiry form. 

Source: Still room for applicants under food and beverage grants I AuManufacturing

Lead image: A photovoltaic solar cell. Funding is available through the federal government’s EEC program to food and beverage businesses keen to boost their energy-efficiency. Apply by 18 February 2022. Credit: Shutterstock