Guidelines have been released for the $19.9 million Energy Efficient Communities Program, which will provide grants of up to $25,000 for eligible food and beverage manufacturing businesses to adopt energy efficient technologies.
Supplied by the federal government, the program will support small and medium food and beverage manufacturers and help them reduce emissions and electricity bills.
Grants will be split between each of the states and territories based on the proportion of food and beverage manufacturing businesses in each jurisdiction, to ensure equitable distribution across the nation.
The Energy Efficient Communities Program will cut power bills for businesses and create jobs directly in the sector, as well as for local tradespeople, according to assistant minister to the minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Tim Wilson.
“The Morrison government is helping food and beverage manufacturing businesses to take practical action to cut their energy bills and emissions by upgrading costly and inefficient equipment, like fridges and boilers,” he said.
“These grants are another clear example of the Morrison government’s technology not taxes approach to reducing emissions, which will bring down power bills and create jobs.”
Applications for this round of the Energy Efficient Communities Program will open on 12 January 2022 and close on 18 February 2022.
Overall, Australia’s manufacturing sector employs more than 800,000 people – the food and beverage manufacturing industry employs one in four manufacturing workers and contributes approximately $22.4 billion to the domestic economy.
Food and beverage manufacturing is one of six national priority areas targeted under the federal government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy.
More information, grant guidelines and application forms are available at https://www.business.gov.au/EECFB, or over the phone at 13 28 46.