How to apply for funding

  1. Read our investment focus areas to check how well your project aligns
  2. Determine which program you are applying under and read the appropriate program guidelines
  3. Call our Business Development team on 1800 804 847 to discuss your project’s suitability
  4. Develop your proposal
  5. Submit your proposal on ARENANet, our grants management system.

Your proposal will be assessed in line with our application assessment process.

We will provide you with feedback and information about the next steps.

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funding agreement?

Manage your agreement and
submit reports on ARENANet

Who can apply for funding

Technology developers, researchers and other organisations are invited to submit applications for funding under relevant ARENA programs.

How ARENA funding works

ARENA provides funds to develop technologies and to improve investor confidence in renewable energy projects and strengthen those projects’ chances of success. ARENA’s approximately $2 billion in funding is legislated and extends until 2022.

More information about ARENA funding

How funding decisions are made

We select which type of renewable energy projects will be funded according to our General Funding Strategy and Investment Plan. Only projects meeting the merit criteria of the program under which they applied to a high degree will be considered for funding. The ARENA Advisory Panel provides advice to support the development and selection of projects and initiatives for funding by ARENA.

ARENA has significant independence and flexibility in how it chooses to provide funding to the renewable energy sector. The Government has put in place some safeguards to ensure accountability and transparency for expenditure of what is a significant sum of public funds. The legislation underpinning ARENA requires the Minister for the Environment to approve significant program guidelines and projects, where either:

  • program guidelines permit grants for projects totalling more than $15 million
  • grants are to be awarded to projects totalling more than $50 million.

Open programs

The Advancing Renewables Program is open for new applications.

How we can help

We can help to determine the fit of your proposal with ARENA programs and provide advice on your suitability to apply.

To discuss your proposal, contact ARENA on 1800 804 847 or email