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For applicants

If you are thinking about applying for a grant, this section will provide you with guidance on the suitability of your project, as well as the steps for applying for a grant if you decide to proceed.

Important notice: Change to 2017 grants calendar

The Energy Consumers Australia Board has decided that its next grants round will be held in September, with decisions for that round due in October 2017.

The decision has been prompted by the level of demand for multi-year grants, which has been successful in providing advocates with greater funding certainty.

The Board will still consider advocacy applications that are considered to be urgent or critical and, if submitted by 14 July 2017, these will be determined on a case by case basis.

If you have any concerns or queries about the above, or if you are anticipating lodging an urgent application, please contact the Grants Manager (02) 9220 5519 to discuss or email

Information about applying for a grant

Our grants program has a particular focus, which provides the basis of our threshold eligibility criterion. This is that you must be able to show that your proposal will build knowledge and capacity to support energy policy development that will benefit the long term interests of consumers.

If this is met, then your proposal will also need to meet our selection criteria, which are set out in more detail in the application pack.

CEO grants may be considered at any time throughout the year.

Advocacy and research grants applications are considered on a quarterly basis. Important dates for 2016/17 and 2017/18:

8 September 2017 19 October 2017

There will be two grant rounds in the first half of 2018; the dates of these rounds will be advised.

Download the application pack here

You should also allow an additional two to three weeks from the decision date and, if you are successful, finalisation of a funding agreement.

We encourage you to make use of the FAQs and other downloadable documents, including the applicant pack, that provide extra detail about our grants program and what you need to think about. Please read this documentation carefully. We have designed them to answer all of your questions and to help you build your application in a way that meets our requirements.

If you have questions that are not answered in our documents, can’t find the information you need or have any doubts, please email us at We are happy to answer your specific questions and provide additional guidance.

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