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How to Apply for Funding

Step 1 - Read the program guidelines
  • Read the program guidelines
    The Advancing Renewables Program (ARP) is continuously open for applications that address our Investment Priorities. We welcome applications in the specific areas and outside these specific areas.

    Note: An amendment has been made to the ARP Guidelines (Merit Criteria D), which will apply to applications lodged from 1 August 2020.

    To assess value for money, we must be satisfied that the Activity for which funding is being sought is not commercially viable without our support. We will provide the minimum financial assistance required and in the most appropriate form to support the project outcome.

    Before proceeding to Step 2, read the following documents:

Step 2 - Find out if you are eligible
  • Are you eligible?
    If you have not worked with us before, please complete the Eligibility and Alignment Tool.

    This five-minute assessment will:

    • determine if your project aligns with our priorities
    • advise whether you are eligible for funding
    • provide us with clarity about your project on submission
    • provide you with a pathway to Step 3 on submission.
  • Assessment outcome
    We will assess your submission within two weeks. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can request to have an ARENA representative contact you to discuss your project.

    You can then decide whether to proceed with your application in Step 3.

Step 3 - Prepare your response
  • Expression of interest
    Applicants submitting an expression of interest are required to submit a project plan (maximum 20 pages). No other documents are required. The plan must be submitted using the Online application form.

    Note: Please ensure you have spoken with an ARENA representative before submitting your expression of interest.

  • Full application
    Applicants submitting a full application must submit the following attachments using the Online application form

    Note: Review the Funding Agreement Template contract. If you do not agree with clauses or details record them in the Compliance Table template. If you agree, submit a blank document with your application.

Opportunities

  • Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round

    ARENA is providing up to $70 million in funding to support the acceleration of hydrogen in Australia through the Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round.

    This opportunity is now closed.

  • Power System Services

    ARENA is allocating up to $7 million of funding towards activities focused on the provision of power system security and strength services from innovative methods or technologies that are non-traditional sources of those services. Methods and technologies must be applicable to electricity system scenarios with high shares of renewable energy.

    This opportunity is now closed. ARENA is no longer accepting EOIs.

  • Distributed Energy Resources

    ARENA is allocating up to $12.5 million funding for pilot projects and studies to integrate distributed energy resources (DER) into the electricity system.

    This opportunity is now closed. ARENA is no longer accepting applications.

  • Short Term Forecasting Round

    ARENA is allocating up to $10 million of funding towards activities focused on 5-minute ahead self-forecasting for wind and solar farms operating in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

    This opportunity is now closed. ARENA is no longer accepting applications.

  • Demand Response

    ARENA and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) have awarded funding to ten pilot projects under the demand response initiative to manage electricity supply during extreme peaks.

    This opportunity is now closed. ARENA is no longer accepting applications.

  • Large-Scale Solar

    In line with ARENA’s investment priorities and part of the Advancing Renewables Program (ARP), this competitive funding round aimed to support further cost reduction in large-scale solar PV.

    This opportunity is now closed. ARENA is no longer accepting applications.

Last updated 22 October 2020
Last updated
22 October 2020
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