How to Apply

Finance that’s simple and effective.

Whichever building upgrade you’re looking for – be it energy, water, waste or another type of work – the process to apply is simple.

Step 1: Choose your project

Work with your project manager to identify and choose projects that help you improve the financial performance and environmental bottom line of your business.

If you are unsure where to start talk to us to find services that can help.

Step 2: What works are eligible

Environmental Upgrade Finance can be used to support a broad range of works beyond just solar, waste, and water upgrades. Finance can also be used for many of the auxiliary, soft and hard costs associated with building repositioning and upgrades.

If the works improve the energy, water, environmental efficiency or sustainability and are attached to a building, it may qualify, examples of work include:

Class Activity
Building Upgrades ·         Building fabric insulation upgrade
·         Cool roof coating
·         External solar shading
·         Green roof installation
·         High performance windows
·         Reduce building infiltration / exfiltration
Energy source ·         Domestic Hot Water sustainability via technology  upgrade
·         Reduced carbon on-site energy source
·         Grid-connected renewable energy, with or without battery storage.
·         Solar thermal hot water
·         Power factor correction
Lighting ·         Lighting control upgrades
·         Lighting technology upgrade
Plant Upgrades ·         Drive and fan efficiency upgrades
·         Duct testing and sealing
·         Ducting and piping insulation
·         HVAC efficiency via control upgrade
·         HVAC technology upgrade
·         Permanent high efficiency commercial appliances
·         Permanent refrigeration upgrades
·         Pool efficiency upgrades
Water ·         Blackwater system
·         Greywater system
·         Rainwater system
·         Water efficiency measures

Step 3: Check your council is a participant

Councils are being added every month, so if your council is not a participant please contact us to discuss the status of your region

The following councils are participants on the program:

  • City of Melbourne Council
  • City of Greater Bendigo Council
  • Greater Dandenong Council
  • City of Greater Geelong Council
  • Brimbank City Council
  • City of Monash Council
  • Greater Shepparton Council
  • Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Moira Shire Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Wyndam City Shire Council
  • Yarra Ranges Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Darebin City Council
  • Central Goldfields Shire


Step 4: Confirm your premises is eligible

The property must meet the below requirements

  • Must be works on rateable land
  • Must be an improvement to an existing building
  • Only available to non-residential properties, including CNI, agriculture, etc

Step 5: Secure finance

Simply email Sustainable Melbourne Fund on or contact on (03) 9658 8618.

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