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How to Apply for Funding

Step 1 - Read the program guidelines
  • About the program

    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.

    An amendment has been made to the Advancing Renewables Program Guidelines (section 3.3) to ensure ARENA is funding projects and activities that assist the Government accelerate priority technologies to achieve stretch goals identified in the First Low Emissions Technology Statement – 2020.

    ARENA wishes to attract and fund projects that align with its Investment Plan and the priority low emissions technologies and emerging and enabling technologies outlined in the Low Emissions Technology Statement that support renewable energy and enabling technologies.

    Until the ARENA Act is amended to include a broad range of low emissions technologies, ARENA is able to fund only those low emissions projects and activities that involve a renewable energy technology or technologies that increase the supply of, or improve the competitiveness of, renewable energy in Australia and have a clear nexus to renewable energy and its enabling technologies.


    Before proceeding to Step 2, read the following documents:

Step 2 - Find out if you are eligible
  • Complete the assessment

    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.


Last updated 09 July 2021
Last updated
09 July 2021
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