Manufacturing efficiency funding

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Cut thousands from your energy bills

The NSW Government is offering over $16 million in funding to help manufacturing businesses save energy and money.

The funding will help you:

  • upgrade energy monitoring systems
  • replace or retrofit old, inefficient equipment
  • install new energy efficient equipment
  • improve manufacturing processes.

If you’re successful, you’ll get up to $120,000 in matched funding per site, to implement a project that saves gas or electricity.

    Funding is open now

    The first funding round is open 22 February and closes 5pm AEST 30 June 2019.

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    What funding is available?

    There are two funding offers available: Offer 1 and Offer 2 (choose from either 2a or 2b). Funding offers may change in future rounds, so it’s a good idea to apply early.

    Offer 1: Metering and process optimisation

    Apply for up to $50,000 matched funding per site

    Install or upgrade energy monitoring systems so you can improve control of machinery and manufacturing processes to save energy.

    Offer 2a: Simple energy efficiency upgrades

    Apply for up to $30,000 matched funding per site

    Save energy by replacing or retrofitting technologies such as economisers on boilers and variable speed drives. The full list of eligible technologies and funding caps is available in the application form.

    Offer 2b: Measured and verified energy efficiency upgrades

    Apply for up to $70,000 matched funding per site

    Implement complex energy efficiency projects such as heat recovery and boiler upgrades. This offer involves verifying the energy savings using an internationally recognised method.

    How to apply

    Any business with a manufacturing site in NSW can apply, as long as it:

    • has an ABN and is registered for GST
    • undertakes manufacturing activities (according to the Manufacturing Division of ANZSIC 2006) or cotton ginning.

    You can apply at any time during the funding round.

    Step 1:
    Download the Manufacturing Efficiency Funding Guide (PDF 216KB) and read our frequently asked questions (PDF 112KB).

    Step 2:
    Complete the relevant application forms: Offer 1 (XLSX 139KB),  Offer 2a (XLSX 187KB) or Offer 2b (XLSX 143KB). For Offer 1 and Offer 2b, you’ll also need to complete Part A of the Measurement and verification plan and report (DOCX 2.7MB).

    Step 3:
    Submit the forms and any attachments to manufacturing [at] Get a reference number and wait for your application to be assessed.

    Step 4:
    If you’re successful, sign the contract and implement the project. Sample contract (PDF 242KB).

    Need a hand? Read the frequently asked questions or manufacturing [at] (contact our team).

    Join a briefing session

    We are hosting briefing sessions across metropolitan and regional NSW in March and April 2019. Attending a session will help you understand the funding offers, get tips for a successful application and ask questions.

    Remaining sessions are being held in Wollongong, Wagga Wagga, Queanbeyan, Bathurst, Dubbo, Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour.

    If you can’t attend in person, view the recorded webinar here.

    Register now

    Success stories

    Businesses that have implemented similar projects have found savings can be more than $100,000 a year while reducing downtime and maintenance costs.

    Download our brochure (PDF 245KB) to send to your customers or colleagues.

    How to receive payment

    Once you’ve implemented your project, complete and submit the relevant form below. For Offer 1 and 2b also complete Part B of the Measurement and verification plan and report.

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