New Grants

The Victorian Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund will support Victorian-based projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive innovation in new energy technologies.

Funding to support new energy technology projects will be available through three annual grant rounds. The first round closed in March 2016, and third grant round is expected to open late 2017.

 NEJF Round Two – $6m

Up to $6 million in funding is available in round two.

Round two has two separate application streams;

  • community and
  • industry.

The New Energy Jobs Fund will support Victorian-based, commercially ready projects that:

  • Create long-term sustainable jobs
  • Drive economic development
  • Increase community participation
  • Increase the uptake of renewable energy generation
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Drive innovation in new energy technologies
  • Build new energy technology capability and capacity in the state.

Grant Funding Amount

Grant funding for individual projects will range from $50,000 to $1 million.

The exception is community renewable energy feasibility studies and business cases, with a minimum limit of $20,000 and a maximum limit of $50,000 and $100,000 respectively.

Round 2 Deadline:

Applications for round two of the New Energy Jobs Fund close 1 March 2017.

What types of projects are eligible?

Funding is available to support projects in the following categories:


  • Development of community renewable energy project business cases and feasibility studies
  • Implementation of community renewable energy projects.


  • Manufacturing: to support the manufacture of new energy technology components and systems
  • Energy storage: to support projects that provide innovative solutions to alleviate grid constraints and advance the learnings from already completed and existing storage installations and trials
  • Technology: to support innovative and unique projects that enable industry to optimise, adapt or integrate commercially available new energy technologies
  • Skills and capacity building: to support projects which strengthen capabilities and capacity to innovate in the new energy technology sector.

Co-funding requirement – approx 3:1

For all industry stream projects there is no set ratio for funding leverage, however the higher the level of leverage of private to public funding, the more favourably the proposal will be considered.

As a guide, a typical ratio of private to public funding for projects of this nature is 3:1. However, each proposal will be considered on its own merits and assessed against the criteria.

For projects under the community project implementation category there is a minimum 10 percent cash contribution required.

How are applications assessed?

All applications are assessed competitively against the following merit criteria:

  1. The impact of the project on employment and skills.
  2. The level of net economic bene t the proposed project will bring to Victoria, including the likelihood of elements of the project being replicated in the future to create new business models or sustainable pipelines of projects.
  3. Demonstrated skills, experience and resources available to successfully undertake the project.
  4. Value for money.
  5. Need for Government support.

Funds will typically be made available to projects with a maximum four year duration, commencing on the day of contracting.

How to apply?

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with a representative at their local Victorian Government Business Office. For contact details please phone Business Victoria on 13 22 15.

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