From 6 July, small businesses across Australia can apply for a share in $9 million of grants under the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program.
Up to $20,000 will be available to small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million to upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption, invest in monitoring systems to better manage energy use and conduct energy audits to investigate other opportunities for efficiency.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the grants will help small businesses reduce their power bills, which will ease financial pressure during these tough economic times.
“As small businesses come out of COVID-19 hibernation, we want to help them lower their power bills so they can spend money on more important aspects of their business, or expand and employ more people,” Minister Taylor said.
Julian Leeser, Federal Member for Berowra said small businesses are key to getting the economy back on track as Australia responds to the impact of COVID-19.
“Small businesses across Berowra are the lifeblood of our community and the backbone of the Australian economy. Providing support to save money on energy costs help build the resilience of these businesses,” Mr Leeser said.
To ensure an equitable distribution of funding across Australia, up to three grants per electorate will be awarded to eligible small businesses.
Small business owners who wish to apply for a grant can access the guidelines and application forms at business.gov.au, or by telephone on 13 28 46.
The Government is also offering free advice to help small businesses and their representatives get better energy deals and increase their energy efficiency through the Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP).
Further information on BEAP and the Energy Efficient Communities Program is available at energy.gov.au.