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Would you like to reduce the quantity and cost of energy and materials used in your organisation?

Energy and input materials are a significant cost impost in many organisations, and prices are rising. However, many managers who know (or have a strong suspicion) that there are savings opportunities, don’t have the time and resources to investigate the opportunities, evaluate the business case, and implement the opportunities.

Now help is at hand, with the Victorian Government’s Smarter Resources Smarter Business program. Following the success of earlier projects, the scheme was re-launched by Sustainability Victoria on the 23 August 2013.

The Smarter Resources Smarter Business (SRSB) program will assist financially with the identification and evaluation of savings opportunities, and contribute to the investment required to implement the savings actions.

The program has now been improved with more generous grant ratios. The scheme now stands as a wide-reaching, easily accessible subsidy mechanism designed to improve the financial and ecological sustainability of Australian small to medium enterprises.

How much Funding is available?

Grants of up to $50,000 to invest in capital cost of efficiency upgrades

Capex grant round 2 for those with Implementation ready items. They MAY already have done a resource or energy assessment.
Capex Round 3 opened on 3 Feb 2014.

  • Energy Projects up to $25,000 i.e. based on 50% subsidy of projects up to $50,000.
  • Materials Projects up to $50,000 i.e. based on 50% subsidy of projects up to $100,000.

Do you have an opportunity which is not quite ‘implementation ready’?

The good news for businesses working with Genesis Now is that 100% of our grant applications for material related grants were successful.
Of the 17 material grants in Round 2, 35% were assisted by Genesis Now. Click HERE to see a list of our progressive clients, and projects and grants received.
We also won a $25K subsidy to bring the total money granted to $234,530

We can help; phone us now on 1800 22 99 11, to discuss your goals and potential projects.

Grants of up to $15,000 per company, for Resource Assessments.

1)Resource assessment or energy assessments. These are lower risk than federal schemes as there is a pre-approval process

  • Resource Assessment (and Resource Assessment Pro) –
    Energy Projects $15,000 (= 50%)
    (i.e. study value up to $30,000)
  • Resource Assessment (and Resource Assessment Pro) –
    Materials Projects $15,000 (= 75%)
    (i.e. study value up to $20,000)
  • Resource Assessment and Resource Assessment Pro – Implementation Bonus $3,000 100%

Eligibility for Assessments and Capex, organisations must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • employ fewer than 200 people. If fewer than 20 employees, additional criteria apply*:
  • not have had any significant / outstanding EPA or WorkSafe violations in the past five years;
  • not be a Commonwealth, State or local government entity;
  • not be an industry or professional association.

*Businesses under 20 employees are eligible for funding if they have:

  • an annual energy spend on utilities of at least $50,000 for energy efficiency projects or
  • the potential to significantly improve materials efficiency for materials efficiency projects.

Genesis Now can help you to take advantage of these funding opportunities, and to lock in materials and energy cost savings. Here’s how. We can

  • navigate the complex application process for you, minimising demands on your time.
  • quickly get projects to the implementation-ready stage, so they are eligible for CapEx subsidies.
  • work with you to identify goals (in addition to materials and energy savings) and tailor the efficiency projects to meet your goals.
  • optimise the opportunities’ designs, to maximise materials and energy savings, and maximise return on investment.


Please call us to discuss your goals.

More details on the Smarter Resources Smarter Business program conditions, requirements and procedures are available here.