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High emitting industries FAQ

We recommend you review these frequently asked questions (FAQs) when developing your grant application. If your questions are not addressed in the FAQs, email us at [email protected]. 

About the funding opportunity

What are the key objectives of this funding?

This funding will help our highest emitting industries achieve significant and sustained emissions reductions by 2030. This aligns with NSW’s target of net zero by 2050. We aim to help industries achieve this target through the following 3 objectives:

  • supporting decarbonisation in high emitting facilities
  • accelerating transformative decarbonisation projects
  • helping industry thrive in a low carbon economy.
What are the benefits of decarbonising our manufacturing and mining sectors in NSW? 

Decarbonising manufacturing and mining sectors will:

  • help NSW reach net zero by 2050
  • improve air quality
  • grow and diversify our economy
  • create new jobs
  • improve our energy security
  • provide businesses with more choices to increase revenue, increase productivity, produce higher value products, grow new low carbon industries and reduce emissions.
How much grant funding is available?

We are providing $305 million to develop and implement abatement projects at NSW manufacturing and mining facilities. This will significantly reduce their emissions and strengthen their resilience into the future.

How are high emitting facilities defined for this funding?

High emitting facilities are those that emit more than 0.09 MtCO2e per year. Only high emitting manufacturing or mining facilities in NSW are supported by this funding.

What types of industries are covered under this funding?

Examples include:

  • facilities in mining sectors
    • coal mining
    • metal ore mining
  • facilities in manufacturing sectors
    • basic ferrous metals
    • basic non-ferrous metals
    • manufacturing – general
    • grain mill and cereal products
    • other basic chemical products
    • pulp, paper, and paperboard
    • cement, lime, plaster, and concrete
    • glass
  • any other mining or manufacturing facilities in NSW that emit more than 0.09 MtCO2e.
What types of projects will be funded?

We are providing funding to support the development and deployment of decarbonisation projects that prioritise scope 1 emissions reduction. Funding covers project feasibility through to commissioning. We will support pre-deployment and deployment projects. We are looking for cost effective projects and will prioritise applications that have a larger emissions potential. Section 2 of the guidelines provides more details about eligible projects.

What are the investment priorities for this funding?

We are looking for projects that achieve significant carbon avoidance or removal through 2 investment priorities:

  • priority 1: deploy opportunities to reduce industrial emissions (*$200 million)
  • priority 2: accelerate strategic abatement opportunities (*$105 million).

*indicative funding until 2030.

These priorities will be updated every 2 years to ensure our program evolves with NSW industry’s approach to decarbonisation. Section 4 of our Net Zero Industry and Innovation Investment Plan provides more details about our investment priorities and opportunities for 2022-2024.

What is the expected project duration?

The duration of each project depends on its complexity. However, all pre-deployment projects should be completed by 2030 and deployment projects fully commissioned and operational by 2030. 

Are there information sessions I can attend to find out more about this funding opportunity?

Yes. We are hosting industry briefing events in November and December. Visit our website to find out more and register to attend. Recordings of these sessions will also be available on our website soon.


What projects are eligible for funding?

To be eligible for funding, an application must meet all eligibility criteria in both the fast-track assessment (stage 1) and full application (stage 2). These apply to both pre-deployment and deployment projects.  

Section 3 of the guidelines provide further information about eligibility.

Are collaborative projects between businesses encouraged to apply for funding?

Yes. Collaboration is a key objective for this funding opportunity. We encourage applications with multi-disciplinary expertise and financial co-contributions. You should showcase the strength of your project’s collaboration in your application.

Am I eligible if I have already received other grants from the Australian Government?

Yes. You can apply for funding if your business has also received other government funding. However, if your project has already received other government funding you must clearly demonstrate that your application would not proceed without HEI funding.

My project is not located in NSW. Am I eligible?

No. Projects must be located and delivered within NSW to be eligible for this funding.

Can international organisations apply for this funding?

Funding is only available for organisations registered in Australia with an active Australian Business Number.

If my project is successful, do my contractors need to be from NSW?

We are aware that NSW or Australia may not have the necessary expertise for your project. It is acceptable to outsource expertise if the project benefits NSW.

What is the minimum matched funding co-contribution requirement?

Applicants seeking funding must contribute at least 50% of the eligible costs of the project. Higher contributions are preferred, and we will determine the final funding amount to be provided after assessing your application. Co-contribution can be provided by the applicant’s organisation or through arrangements with partner organisations not affiliated with the NSW Government. Appendix C in the guidelines provide more information about eligible costs.

I’m not sure if my project is eligible. Who can I ask?

If you have any questions about your project or eligibility, email our team at [email protected]. Please provide a short description of your project so we can determine if it is eligible for funding.

Applying for a grant

What is the application process?

This application includes a two-stage non-competitive process including an initial fast-track assessment (stage 1) followed by a full application. If your application is successful in stage 1, you will be invited to the full application stage. Applicants who are successful at the full application stage will enter into a funding agreement with us. Section 4 of the guidelines provides more detail about the application process.

How do I submit my application?

All applications must be submitted via SmartyGrants, a secure online grant management tool. Applications can be submitted anytime once the funding opportunity opens.

Is there any limit on the number of applications that can be submitted?

No, there is no limit on the number of applications submitted by an applicant, business, organisation or facility as long as they represent different projects.

How much detail do I need to provide for the stage 1 application?

At this stage of the application process, you can submit a shorter, high-level application outlining the key elements of your project for consideration by our technical assessors. During this process there is no need for you to provide a detailed breakdown and analysis. We will discuss any additional project elements which may be needed prior to your project progressing to Stage 2.

How do I know if my application has been received?

You will be notified by email via SmartyGrants that your application has been received. If you do not receive this notification or have any other queries regarding your application, email our team at [email protected].

How will applications be assessed?

We will assess applications against the eligibility and merit criteria outlined in section 3 of the guidelines. All applications will be assessed on a non-competitive basis.

How do I know if my project has progressed to the full application stage?

Applications can be submitted at any time, and they will be assessed immediately following receipt. We expect that Stage 1 reviews will take 4 to 6 weeks and if successful, we will invite you to submit a full application.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I seek feedback?

Yes. If you are unsuccessful, we will advise you in writing with details on how to seek feedback on your application.


How much funding is available and what is the maximum amount I can apply for?

We have committed $305 million to support NSW’s manufacturing and mining facilities to significantly reduce their emissions and strengthen their resilience into the future. There is no predefined limit on how much each application can apply for. The grant amount depends on the abatement potential and size of the project. We will determine the final funding amount to be provided after assessing your application.

Can previous contributions (cash or in-kind) be considered as part of my application’s co-contributions?

No. Only new contributions will be considered.

Can the co-contribution be in-kind?

No. The co-contribution must include a cash component. Higher cash contributions will be considered favourably.

At what stage will my application need to demonstrate the cash component of the co-contribution funding is available?

Co-contribution, including the cash component, should be confirmed by the time you submit a full application. If there is likely to be a delay in confirming co-contribution funds, you should advise us as early as possible via email. We will not enter into a funding agreement unless you have confirmed co-contribution funding. This may include letters from funding bodies or private investors.

Are there any limitations to the source of cash contributions?

No. Cash contributions can be from any source. All co-contributions must be confirmed prior to grants being awarded. Any conditions or requirements of co-contribution funding must also be compatible with these grants.

Privacy and confidentiality

My application and registration will include personal information. How do you manage this information?

The Office of Energy and Climate Change (office) has legal obligations under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) in relation to the collection, storage, access, use and disclosure of personal information. If collecting your personal information, we will provide you with a privacy statement at the time of collection that details how this information will be managed in accordance with privacy law.