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Project grants

Changes to EECA funding:
As part of EECA's goal to deliver better value for money, EECA is changing the way it helps businesses. 

Recent EECA research shows that capital funding is not the key barrier to the uptake of energy efficiency; the real bottle neck is having good information and the resources to progress a project.

In the future, EECA's focus will be on providing energy management support, feasibility studies, energy audits, business case development and demonstration of game changing technologies that will lock in long term sustainable practices.

To achieve this EECA will reduce or cease its funding of capital projects, especially where they are considered business as usual.

For non -electricity efficiency projects, grants towards funding of equipment  will no longer be available from 1 July 2014.

For electricity projects, some grants will be reduced from 1 July 2014. These are funded from the electricity levy and will be reviewed again as part of the levy consultation process in July 2015.
EECA has helped numerous businesses invest in technology or system improvements that have provided real efficiency and sustainability benefits. Read some success stories here.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a project grant, businesses must:

  • submit a project that is electricity efficiency-related
  • be prepared to allow information about the project to be publicly available, for case study purposes
  • have the capability to deliver the project
  • fund at least 60% of the project cost
  • allow third-party monitoring and evaluation.

About the grant

The maximum amount of the grant is 40% of the cost of implementing the project, to a maximum of $100,000 per site. The actual amount of any grant approved is dependent on EECA's assessment of the economics of the project and the barriers to its implementation.

Priority will be given to businesses that:

  • are able to demonstrate their commitment to energy management by, for example, having an active energy management policy or having completed an energy management assessment within the last 24 months.

To qualify for a grant, a project must:

  • have been identified and evaluated through a robust energy audit, feasibility study or other process acceptable to EECA
  • be specified by a party or parties with credible comparable project design and implementation expertise
  • be economically viable and able to be replicated across other businesses
  • have a genuine barrier to the business undertaking it without EECA funding support (e.g. a payback period greater than normally expected of comparable businesses).

Please note, EECA does not provide funding for projects that have already been initiated at the time of application.

How to apply

Download the application form:

Print and send the application form to:

Business Grants Administrator
EECA
PO Box 388
Wellington

Or email to: business@eeca.govt.nz

Awarding of grants

Grants are normally awarded through a monthly assessment of applications received before the 20th of each month. Results are generally advised by the middle of the following month.

Please note, EECA's annual project grants budget is limited and once that budget is reached no further grants can be allocated, regardless of the strength of the application.

It is recommended that potential applicants contact the Business Grants Administrator before starting the application process to check grant availability.

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