Carbon Innovation Grants Program

Date/Deadline: 16 Dec, 2022

Supporting WA heavy industries to transition to net zero carbon emissions.

The Carbon Innovation Grants Program is part of the Government of Western Australia’s $1.25 billion Climate Action Fund announced in 2021.

The purpose of the program is to build the capacity of heavy industry sectors to transition to net zero emissions by 2050, in line with government targets.

The program will fund feasibility studies and trials that help to avoid, reduce or offset carbon emissions from heavy industry processes, with a focus on supporting innovative technologies for carbon abatement and sequestration.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will administer the $15 million program over the next five years through competitive grant rounds.

Grant funding streams

The program includes two grant funding streams to reflect the different stages of technology development that may require government support. These streams are:

Feasibility Studies

Supporting technologies and methods to progress from concept to real-world trials.

Feasibility studies have a minimum funding limit of $50,000 and a maximum funding limit of $500,000, which must be no more than 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

Pilot Projects and Capital Works

Supporting real-world testing of innovative technologies and methods from pilot stage through to full-scale deployment.

Pilot projects and capital works have a minimum funding limit of $100,000 and a maximum funding limit of $1.5 million, which must be no more than 25 per cent of eligible project costs.

Who is eligible for the Carbon Innovation Grants Program (CIGP) grant?

Applicants that:

• have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and are registered for GST
• meet one or more eligibility criteria that are listed in the CIGP Applicant Guidelines
• have members of the management team who are all fit and proper persons as defined in the CIGP Applicant Guidelines
• if intending to generate Australian Carbon Credit Units, demonstrate the ability to meet the eligibility criteria relevant to the proposed carbon crediting method.

In addition, an applicant’s project must:

• be located in Western Australia or involve feasibility studies specific to sites or locations in Western Australia
• seek funding within the published funding range and other nominated financial commitment thresholds
• demonstrate clear alignment to the CIGP objectives, including that the project must be new, involve carbon abatement or sequestration, progress technologies or methods along the pathway to commercial viability, include at least one industrial business partner, and be permissible by law
• be able to commence and be completed within the minimum and maximum timeframes outlined in the CIGP Applicant Guidelines.

How much funding is available?

Approximately $4 million per round over three grant rounds. The amount of funding ultimately awarded per round is at the discretion of the Minister for Climate Action.

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