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The $200 million Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program will operate over six years from 2011-12 to 2016-17. The program funds are split with $150 million for the food component and $50 million for the foundries component. It is a competitive, merit-based, grants program. The program will provide grants from a minimum of $25,000 and will contribute on average one dollar for every three dollars contributed by grantees (e.g. a Government contribution of up to 25 per cent of eligible project expenditure).
The objective of the program is to enhance the competitiveness and adaptation to climate change of Australia’s food and beverage processing and foundry and metal forging manufacturing sectors by reducing the energy or carbon intensity of firms’ manufacturing processes, facilities and/or products. These sectors have energy intensities close to the threshold for the Jobs and Competitiveness Program but are not covered by the Jobs and Competitiveness Program3.
The Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program will provide grants to existing food and foundry manufacturers to invest in energy efficient capital equipment, low pollution technologies, processes and products. Applicants will be required to demonstrate that the investment is beyond routine maintenance or replacement of capital items.
Energy consumption thresholds do not apply to Food or Foundry grant applicants. However, applicants will be required to identify total energy consumed and/or carbon generated on the manufacturing project site in the 12 months prior to the application date. Applicants will also be required to identify energy or carbon savings as a result of the project.
Which food businesses are eligible?
To be eligible to apply for a food grant under the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program:
Non factory based Bakery Product businesses - ANZSIC 1174 - are excluded from this program.
Which metal forging and foundry businesses are eligible?
To be eligible to apply for a foundries grant under the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program:
Eligible applicants with diversified businesses including foundry and/or metal forging operations could apply for funding provided the proposed project relates to their foundry and/or metal forging operations.
Smelting, refining, extrusion, machining, fabrication and other metal processing activities are excluded from this program. Activities eligible for assistance under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program are ineligible under the Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program.
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