The Victorian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan (the Plan), launched on 26 February 2021, provides the blueprint for growing a renewable hydrogen economy over the next 5 years. The development of a renewable hydrogen industry will support Victoria’s climate change ambitions and its net-zero emissions target by 2050. Decarbonisation and economic recovery can be accelerated and promoted across Victoria by supporting the establishment of a thriving renewable hydrogen industry.

The Renewable Hydrogen Business Ready Fund provides $1.0 million to assist businesses to transition to renewable hydrogen. Businesses can apply for up to $150,000 in matched funding for a business case or feasibility study project. The Victorian Government encourages applications from a wide range of industries including but not limited to agriculture, manufacturing, commercial users, water corporations and gas producers and distributors.

The Fund is part of the Accelerating Victoria’s Hydrogen Industry program (AVHI), which focuses on the development and deployment of zero-emissions renewable hydrogen technologies in Victoria.

Objectives

The objectives of the Fund are to:

  • Enable businesses to identify pathways to transition towards renewable hydrogen
  • Target users of natural gas, hydrogen and energy-intensive processes to maximise emissions reduction
  • Increase confidence in transitioning to renewable hydrogen across the sector
  • Build the profile of renewable hydrogen in Victoria and create a streamlined process for industry-government interactions and knowledge sharing.

As part of their business cases or feasibility study projects, a business could consider the following:

  • Changes required in your business to use renewable hydrogen
  • Sources of renewable hydrogen and timeframe for transition
  • Potential scalability and replicability across a sector or multiple locations
  • Costings
  • Risk evaluation
  • The proportion of total energy consumption that could be replaced by renewable hydrogen.

Eligibility

Business cases or feasibility study projects must be in Victoria and completed by 20 May 2022. Full eligibility criteria are set out in the Application Guidelines below.

How to apply

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 27 August 2021 and must be submitted through Grants Online using the links below. Successful applications will be notified in October 2021.

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If you need technical assistance with Grants Online, please email grantsinfo@delwp.vic.gov.au or call the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning general enquiries number on 136 186.

If you have any queries regarding eligibility or the terms of the grant funding, please email emerging.energy@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Please review the Application Guidelines before submitting an application. Applications must address the assessment criteria and include supporting documents and a proposed budget breakdown. Where templates are provided they must be used.

Program documents

Application guidelines (DOCX, 1.7 MB)

FAQs (DOCX, 288.3 KB)

Renewable Hydrogen Fact Sheet (DOCX, 275.6 KB)

Additional templates – these are mandatory and must be submitted with your application

Project summary template (DOCX, 65.2 KB)

Project Cash Flow (DOCX, 68.0 KB)

Project Delivery Schedule (DOCX, 59.4 KB)

Project Risk Register (DOCX, 52.9 KB)

Funding Agreements

It is recommended that applicants review the terms and conditions before applying. These do not need to be submitted at the time of application.

For local government, not-for-profit or community organisations, please use this Victorian Common Funding Agreement.

For commercial entities, please use this Commercial Funding Agreement (DOCX, 290.7 KB).

Online Information Session

An online information session for interested applicants will be held at 3 pm, Thursday, 29 July 2021 via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite – a virtual meeting link will be provided soon after registration.