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How to Apply for Funding

Step 1 - Read the program guidelines
  • Advancing Renewables Program Guidelines

    The Advancing Renewable Program is continuously open for applications that address our Investment Priorities. While ARENA currently welcomes applications in the specific areas, please note that applicants are also invited to submit applications that fall outside these specific areas.

    Note: A minor amendment has been made to the Advancing Renewables Program Guidelines which will apply to applications lodged from 1 August 2020.

    The change relates to Merit Criteria D. In assessing value for money, ARENA will need to be satisfied that the Activity for which funding is being sought is not commercially viable without ARENA support. ARENA will seek to provide the minimum financial assistance that is needed, and in the most appropriate form, in order for the project to deliver the desired outcome.

  • Investment focus areas

    We are looking for the best funding priorities that align with our three investment priorities, which form part of the merit assessment for our funding programs.

    > View our investment priorities

Step 2 - Find out if you are eligible
  • Are you eligible?

    If you have not worked with ARENA before, please complete the Eligibility and Alignment Tool to help guide your future engagement.

    This five-minute assessment will let you know if you are eligible to apply for ARENA funding, and if your proposed project aligns with ARENA’s Investment Priorities and ARP outcomes.

Step 3 - Prepare your response
  • Expressions of interest

    Applicants submitting an Expression of Interest are required to fill in an online application form and submit a project plan (of no more than 20 pages). No other documents – unless otherwise agreed with ARENA – are required.

    Please ensure you have spoken with an ARENA representative before submitting your Expression of Interest.

  • Full application

    Applicants submitting a full application must complete an online application and submit the following attachments:

    Note: Please review the ARENA Funding Agreement Template contract. If you do not agree with clauses or details record them in the Compliance Table template. If you do agree, submit a blank document with your full 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 31 July 2020
Last updated
31 July 2020
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