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Hydrogen Industry Development Fund – Round 2

In late 2020, the Queensland Government committed an additional $10 million to support hydrogen industry development activities, building on the successful first round.

Ongoing investment in the program is an initiative under Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan to rebuild the state’s economy following the effects of COVID-19 and will help grow a sustainable renewable hydrogen industry.

Applications are now invited for Round 2.

Up to $5 million in assistance is available for eligible projects under Round 2 of the HIDF.

Applications may be submitted by private and public companies, or partnerships, Local Governments or Government Owned Corporations.

Applications will be assessed in a competitive, single-stage, merit-based program for funding available under two priority categories. They are:

  • application of hydrogen technologies in the mobility sector. Projects under this category must implement a form of hydrogen mobility using hydrogen produced from renewable sources. The mobility component can be part of a larger project, however only components directly related to the mobility application will be eligible.
  • integration of hydrogen technologies with wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). Projects under this category must integrate renewable hydrogen production into an existing WWTP. The hydrogen production component can be part of a larger project, however eligibility for funding only applies to components directly related to the hydrogen system.

No specific amount of the total Round 2 funding has been allocated to either project category.

Applications close: 5 pm 2 June 2021

How to apply

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  • Submit your application, including financial statements identified below, and any supporting documents by emailing hydrogen@qld.gov.au

*Mandatory application documentation:

  • Current year’s financial statements
  • Audited statements for the previous three years.  NOTE: If trading as a new trading entity and financial statements are not available, the following may be considered:
    • financial statements of another entity with a common directorate
    • financial statement of the parent company (if the entity is a subsidiary company)
    • an account prepared (by a CPA or CA qualified accountant) for the duration of the operation (if the entity has been operating for less than one year).

Note: Applications submitted without appropriate financial statements for the Primary Applicant will not be considered for funding, as a due diligence assessment cannot be undertaken.

Applications close 5 pm 2 June 2021.

Frequently asked questions

  • The objective for Round 2 is to support proposals within hydrogen value chains that provide the best opportunities to rapidly scale-up hydrogen supply and start to create the demand needed to support ongoing investment in the industry.

    As a result of industry and stakeholder engagement, and working on information obtained through the first round of the fund, the two priority project categories identified are:

    • application of hydrogen technologies in the mobility sector
    • integration of hydrogen technologies with wastewater treatment plants (WWTP).
  • No specific amount of Round 2 funds has been allocated to either category. Projects will be considered on their merit, regardless of priority project category. This ensures the projects funded are the most meritorious and flexibility is provided to achieve the funding program’s objectives.

  • Up to $5 million in financial assistance will be available to Round 2 projects. Funding allocated to projects will depend on the amount of funding requested and the merit of applications received.

  • No. Applications will be assessed in a competitive merit-based process.

  • No. Applications for Round 2 funding will not be accepted after the application period closes.

  • There are no future funding rounds currently planned for the HIDF, and any allocation of additional funds would be made at the discretion of government.

  • No. Only one application can be submitted in either the mobility category or WWTP category. Applicants with more than one project proposal should consider which proposal better meets the fund’s objectives and responds to the project criteria.

  • Removing the ‘Expression of Interest’ stage of applications allows applicants more time to submit a detailed project proposal with their best application for funding.

  • Yes. Previous applicants, both successful and unsuccessful, can apply for funding under Round 2 if they meet the eligibility criteria of the current round.

  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified as soon as possible following a comprehensive assessment of applications.

    Note – these frequently asked questions should always be read in conjunction with, and subject to the HIDF Round 2 Guidelines, including the terms and conditions.

Further information

Any queries, please contact us via email

Last updated: Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021