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Advancing Renewables Programme
Program ID: 15337
Overview
This programme seeks to support a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects that have the potential to lower the cost and increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia in the long term.

The programme’s objective is to fund activities that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:
- Reduction in the cost of renewable energy.
- Increase in the value delivered by renewable energy.
- Improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy technologies.
- Reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake.
- Increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy technologies.

The application process involves two stages:
- An initial expression of interest
- A full application

Grants between $100,000 and $50 million are available. Applicants are expected to provide matched contribution.

The total funding allocated by ARENA to this programme is up to the total amount of uncommitted funds available under section 64 of the ARENA Act to 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program administrator prior to submission of proposals.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicant must:
- At the time of applying, hold an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Unless applying for funding for Desktop Studies and Analysis:
a) Be (or warrant that at the time of entering into a funding agreement) an Australian entity incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
b) Be a Commonwealth entity prescribed as a government business enterprise by section 5(1) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.
c) Be an Australian State or Territory owned corporation or a subsidiary of an Australian State or Territory owned corporation.
d) Be an Australian local government or council.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information on eligibility requirements.
Eligible Activities
Eligible activities must:
- Involves a Renewable Energy Technology and/or has the potential to contribute to the Programme Outcomes.
- Not include research (Technology Readiness Level 1-3), or education and training of students. For the purpose of clarification, activities can include research components to the extent these are part of a larger activity focused on the development, demonstration, deployment or commercialisation of a renewable energy technology.
- Take place in Australia.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information on eligible activities.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include:
- Contribution to the programme outcomes
- Applicant capability and capacity
- Activity design, methodology, risk and compliance
- Financial viability and co-funding commitment
- Knowledge sharing

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information of these criteria.
Applies to
DocumentationUploaded
GuidelinesJuly 2017
Sample Funding Agreement Template – Standard ProjectsJuly 2017
Sample Funding Agreement Template – Desktop Studies and AnalysisJuly 2017
Estimating Costs of ElectricityJuly 2017
Technology Readiness LevelJuly 2017
ARENA Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Method and GuidanceJuly 2017
Knowledge Sharing Plan Template - Standard ProjectsJuly 2017
Knowledge Sharing Plan template – Desktop Studies and Analysis TemplateJuly 2017
Budget and Funding Sources FormJuly 2017
Funding Agreement Compliance Table Template July 2017
Declaration of Compliance for Construction Activity TemplateJuly 2017
Intellectual Property Management Plan TemplateJuly 2017
Risk Management Plan TemplateJuly 2017
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Open
Closing Information
This programme is open on an ongoing basis until all funds are exhausted.
Funding Type Grant
Minimum Funding $100,000
Maximum Funding $50.0M
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive Yes
Location National
Industry
Energy and Renewables
Activities
Environment and Sustainability
Innovation and R&D
Difficulty Rating
Department
Department of Environment and Energy
Program Administrator
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Telephone 1800 804 847
General Website Visit website
Program Website Visit website
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