Round 3 has closed

Round 3 of applications closed on October 18, and successful projects will be announced by Minister of Energy and Resources Dr Megan Woods early in 2022.

Key dates and documents for the round are below.

Successful applicants from Round 2 of the GIDI Fund were announced by Minister of Energy and Resources Dr Megan Woods on September 30. View the full list:

Approved GIDI projects

Read the Minister's press release: Government invests in reducing industry emissions | link)

Key dates for Round 3

  • Applicant Briefing Session: 11am, Tuesday 21 September 2021
  • Deadline for questions: 4pm, Wednesday 29 September 2021
  • Deadline for proposals: 5pm, Monday 18 October 2021
  • Applicants notified of outcome: from Monday 20 December 2021
  • Announcement of results: early 2022

The consideration and approval process will take up to four months, with a final decision by the Minister and EECA Board expected by mid December 2021, and notification of results to be sent to applicants soon after that. A full explanation of the process and key dates are outlined in the Request for Proposal document linked below.

Key documents for Round 3

Request for Proposal document [PDF, 519 KB]

Request for Proposal response form [PDF, 702 KB]

RFP project assessment template [XLSX, 45 KB]

Proposed project funding agreement [PDF, 338 KB]

Frequently asked questions as at 8 October 2021 [PDF, 225 KB]

Please email with any questions.

Applicant briefing session

A briefing session for all interested Applicants was held at 11.00am, Tuesday September 21.

View the briefing at the link below.

GIDI fund Applicant briefing session video(external link)

Round 3 investment focus

To decarbonise industrial processes and process heat through energy efficiency, technology innovation, and fuel switching. If you would like to discuss the investment focus of the fund or your potential project, please contact the EECA GIDI Contestable Fund Lead at

How much can I apply for?

You should only apply for the amount of government co-investment necessary to get your sustainable, decarbonisation project across the line or brought forward significantly.

The assessment of possible co-funding will be applied to the incremental cost of the project when compared to a ‘business as usual’ case.

Your project will need to have a total capital cost of greater than $500k, and applications to the GIDI Fund for individual projects should normally not exceed $5m for an individual project.

Cumulative group projects (including the Applicant’s group of companies) must not exceed 25% of the total Fund ($17.25m).

Applications may be considered that exceed these levels, at the discretion of the EECA Chief Executive, EECA Board or the Minister.

Who can apply?

The GIDI Fund is open to all New Zealand-based and NZBN registered private sector businesses that use fossil fuels as the source of energy in their industrial processes and process heat.

Your organisation must have committed to a carbon reduction pathway and have a plan to deliver on it.

How to apply?

In submitting your Proposal you must use the online Response Form(external link)

To ensure your online response is processed correctly, please comply with the file size and file type guidelines specified. Please also be aware that copying and pasting data into the form fields could cause invalid characters to occur, which will prevent the form from submitting to EECA.

If you have any questions, please contact the EECA GIDI Contestable Fund Lead at

For clarity, the following types of organisations are not eligible for the fund:

  • State and public sector organisations
  • Local Government organisations including both Local and Regional Authorities and
  • Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs)

The proposed project has to be New Zealand based, though can use overseas suppliers if necessary.

What is the application process?

EECA will run a minimum of three contestable funding rounds at a rate of approximately three per year. Applicants submit a proposal in response to the published RFP for each round.

An assessment panel made up of EECA and MBIE technical and investment experts evaluate eligible proposals against the defined criteria and makes funding recommendations.

Based on recommendations from the Panel, EECA may negotiate aspects of the project with the Applicant.

The panel’s final funding recommendations will then go to the EECA Chief Executive, EECA Board and the Minister of Energy and Resources as required through the approval delegation hierarchy.

All eligible Applicants will be notified of their success or otherwise on completion of the approval process. EECA and the successful Applicants will execute EECA Project Funding Agreements for the delivery of the projects.

When would I receive the co-funding?

EECA works with successful Applicants to put contracts in place and share results. Co-funding is paid out when projects reach agreed milestones and agreed reports and supporting information are provided which are detailed in the Project Funding Agreement.