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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..

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.

ECA manages three grant sub-programs:

  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • CEO Grants for grants of up to $15,000 to enable consumer engagement and advocacy in government, regulatory, or industry processes.

CEO grants may be considered at any time throughout the year. All grant applications are assessed against the same criteria.

Important dates for upcoming grants rounds are below. Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change.


25 February 2021

29th April 2021

2 September 2021

15 April 2021

17 June 2021

21 October 2021

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.

Energy Consumers Australia recently published guidance notes to assist applicants in better meeting the requirements of the Grants Program.

Download Guidance Note – Advocacy and Research

Download Guidance Note – CEO Grants

Download Guidance Note – COVID-19

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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