- Start date
19 February 2022
How to Apply for Funding
Announced in 2020, the Future Fuels Fund was initially a $71.9 million fund to support public charging infrastructure for battery electric vehicles, as well as hydrogen and biofuel technologies. We awarded $24.55 million under the Future Fuels Fund (Round 1) to support the roll-out of 403 public electric vehicle fast charging stations nationwide.
In 2021, the Australian Government expanded the Fund with a further $177.7 million, bringing the total to nearly $250 million, to increase the roll-out of enabling infrastructure in Australia.
The expanded fund includes support for business fleets, new technologies for heavy and long-distance vehicles, public charging and hydrogen refuelling stations. It also aims to incentivise household smart chargers to boost the reliability of local electricity networks.
How it works
The Future Fuels Program has been developed under the Future Fuels Fund to enable the demonstration and deployment of new zero emissions vehicle technologies. The Program is ongoing involving two stages: 1) Expressions of Interest and 2) Full Application stage.
We will assess applications on how well they contribute to the Program objectives and align with the following Program Focus Areas:
- Support the integration of battery electric vehicles into light vehicle fleets
- Support the integration of battery electric vehicles into heavy vehicle fleets
- Commercialise hydrogen as a transport fuel.
The Program Focus Areas are in place until December 2022 and will be updated periodically. Applications are expected to be assessed every two months (depending on applications received).
Information session [Closed]
We hosted a virtual information session on Monday, 7 March 2022 about the Program and an opportunity to ask questions.
How to enter your submission
2.1: Navigate to and create an account with ARENANet
2.2: Select Future Fuels Program from the program options when commencing your expression of interest application
2.3: Select two-stage process unless you have received an exemption from ARENA for a one-stage Full Application. Refer to the submission type guidance on this page.
Refer to the FAQ document below in the first instance.
If you have further questions that aren’t addressed in the FAQs, please send queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Expression of interest
Applicants submitting an expression of interest are required to submit a project plan. No other documents are required.
Ensure you have spoken with an ARENA representative before submitting your expression of interest by emailing email@example.com.
2. Full Application
Applicants submitting a full application must complete and submit the following:
- Funding Agreement Compliance Table (DOCX 220KB)
- Risk Management Plan Template (DOCX 315KB). Applicants may use their own template if preferred.
Use these documents to assist you with your application: