The $7.1 million QLD Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Grant (MEEG) Round 1 is open. This grant is for Queensland-based manufacturers looking to increase energy efficiency measures and technology, reduce energy usage and costs, reduce emissions and increase awareness of energy use.
Deadlines and Timings
Applications are open and will close on 30 June 2024. Applications may take up to 12 weeks from successful submission to have a decision on.
Overview and Grant Amount
The objectives of the MEEG Program are to support the QLD government’s energy and jobs plan and the department’s strategic direction by:
- increasing the uptake of energy efficiency measures and technology by Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs
- supporting Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to reduce energy usage and costs
- enabling carbon emissions reduction in support of the Queensland government’s commitment to net-zero by 2050, as well as Queensland’s renewable energy and climate targets
- increasing awareness of energy use by manufacturers
The MEEG Program will support eligible Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs by reimbursing up to 50% of eligible project costs for projects undertaken by an SME manufacturer. Grants of between $5,000 and $25,000 (excluding GST) will be:
- available as matched funding for eligible project costs on a dollar-for-dollar cash basis
- available for projects that align with the sustainability goals of the applicant and the MEEG program objectives
- available for projects that support manufacturers to implement energy efficiency measures to reduce energy costs and operational emissions through adoption of energy efficiency technologies, equipment, systems or processes
- awarded following a demand-driven process, where the submitted application demonstrates that the applicant and the project satisfactorily meet all eligibility and assessment criteria; grants will be awarded to those applicants with the earliest submission date of a complete and proper application, where funding remains available to be allocated
Note: only one eligible application from each entity, which may contain multiple project items, will be considered for funding in this round.
Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible for the MEEG Program, an applicant must:
- be a Queensland-based business whose principal activity and majority annual turnover is derived from manufacturing, as defined under Division C of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006
- be registered for GST and hold an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be an SME with between 5 and 200 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. A minimum of five FTE employees must be located in Queensland
- have a proposed Eligible Project that meets the requirements
- have a minimum of 12 months access to the project site address in Queensland (either through ownership or an executed lease agreement or similar)
- have quotes for a minimum of $10,000 excluding GST of eligible project costs, noting that additional quotes or project costs cannot be added to an application once it has been submitted
- have the financial capacity and standing necessary to successfully undertake and complete the proposed eligible project, recognising that the grant payments are made in arrears
- have operated within Queensland for a minimum of 12 months prior to submitting an application
- not be insolvent or have owners or directors that are an undischarged bankrupt
- not be a federal, state or local government entity, statutory authority or special purpose vehicle or not-for-profit organisation
Applicants should note that a detailed due diligence and probity review may be undertaken on the applicant including, but not limited to, the checks and searches below:
- applicant bona fide checks (status, corporate structure, ownership, directors review, etc.)
- background and probity searches (ACCC, banned & disqualified, bankruptcy, adverse media, courts)
- financial capability and viability (funding capacity and sources)
The project must:
- be consistent with at least 2 of the program objectives
- align to one or more of the project focus areas
- be able to demonstrate at least a 10% reduction in energy use or carbon emissions directly related to project implementation OR for an energy monitoring system, demonstrate how you intend to identify and implement initiatives that will reduce energy use or carbon emissions by at least 10% across the project site
- be implemented at the project site address in Queensland
- not be the same as a project or project item/s subject to approved funding under any other local, state or federal government grant or scheme
- not have commenced, and not be scheduled to commence, until after a grant agreement has been executed
Below are the program’s project focus and examples of eligible projects.
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