Program overview

Victoria’s transition to net zero emissions will require components to be made at scale to support the shift to renewable energy and lower emission processes. This provides an opportunity for local manufacturers to grow, generating economic activity, securing well-paid jobs, increasing exports, and reducing Victoria’s reliance on international supply chains.

The Low Carbon Manufacturing Grant Program – Business Readiness Stream (the program) assists small to medium size Victorian manufacturers to access business services, advice, or expertise in order to participate in low carbon and renewable energy supply chains. Funding could support technology adoption, the commercialisation or late-stage research and development of products for local and global supply chains in response to emerging market opportunities in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available. All grants must be matched by a minimum cash co-contribution of $1 for every $1 granted.


The program is open to small to medium sized manufacturers with an existing manufacturing presence in Victoria who are on a growth trajectory and require support to access business services, advice, or expertise to capitalise on emerging market opportunities associated with the low carbon economy.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for assistance under the program:

  1. be an eligible legal entity; and
  2. hold an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  3. be an employing business registered for WorkCover insurance with WorkSafe Victoria; and
  4. agree to meet any co-contribution requirements with eligible cash expenditure
  5. be currently engaged in manufacturing or the manufacturing supply chain or demonstrate a genuine commercial connection to the manufacturing supply chain in Victoria.
  6. attest that they:
    1. agree to conduct the proposed activities in Victoria
    2. have met all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards; and
    3. will participate in future program evaluation activity; and
    4. will not procure services from a business services provider with the same parent company, shared governance, or have common directors.

What is available?

Grants of up to $50,000 are available. All grants must be matched by a minimum cash co-contribution of $1 for every $1 granted.

Program guidelines

LCMGP – Business Readiness Stream Program Guidelines (PDF 159.94 KB) PDF icon

LCMGP – Business Readiness Stream Program Guidelines (DOC 134.5 KB) DOC icon

Project plan template

LCMGP – Business Readiness Stream Project Plan Template (DOCX 71.75 KB) DOCX icon

How to apply

  1. carefully read these program guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  2. compile all necessary supporting documents as detailed in the program guidelines and application form as outlined in the guidelines
  3. all applications must be accompanied by a project plan. Please use the available template.
  4. submit application online
  5. await email confirmation of application submission. Please check spam or junk mail if confirmation email cannot be seen in your inbox.