GIDI Process Heat Contestable Fund - Round 5 has closed

The RFP for Round 5 of contestable funding for medium to large energy projects has now closed.

Learn more about GIDI

In May 2022 the Government announced a $650 million expansion of the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry Fund (GIDI), as part of the Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The expanded GIDI investment will help deliver the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) and be administered by EECA over four years.

The GIDI Fund was launched in 2020 to accelerate the decarbonisation of industrial process heat – and is a partnership between Government and businesses.

Read the Minister's press release(external link)

Minimum funding conditions for Round 5 included

  • Total project costs must be at least $300,000
  • Government co-funding for any project will be limited to a maximum of 50% of eligible project costs.
  • Applications for funding must be for the incremental capitalised project costs, not operating costs.
  • Projects must be fully commissioned and operational by 31 December 2027.

Minimum specifications

In addition to the minimum funding conditions outlined above, EECA commissioned Standards New Zealand to produce Publicly Available Specifications (PAS), which provide best-practice specifications for non-regulated products. Applications for projects involving high-temperature heat pumps or biomass boilers must check the relevant PAS to ensure their applications align with the specifications:

Application documents

As this round has closed, these documents are for reference only to allow planning for future rounds. Funding and eligibility requirements may change.

RFP document [PDF, 1.1 MB]

RFP financial assessment template [XLSX, 216 KB]

Proposed project funding agreement [PDF, 753 KB]

Business Case Checklist [PDF, 2.7 MB]

Important update 23 Feb 2023 [PDF, 144 KB]

Webinar and FAQs

Decision making process for GIDI contestable funding

  1. 1

    Applicant completes the online Response Form

    Applicant completes the online Response Form in full, including the required Financial Assessment Template, and submits this to EECA by the deadline.

    The Applicant may be required to provide further information to EECA throughout the decision-making process.

  2. 2

    EECA reviews proposals

    EECA reviews proposals to ensure that the information provided is sufficient to proceed, in particular that the Funding Conditions and Proposals Requirements have been met.

  3. 3

    Technical Advisory Group evaluates proposals

    The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) evaluates performance of proposals against the funding conditions, proposal requirements and assessment criteria. This will include undertaking robust financial and technical due diligence. The TAG prepares an evaluation report for the Assessment Panel.

  4. 4

    Assessment Panel makes funding recommendation

    The Assessment Panel takes into account the TAG’s evaluation report; the assessment criteria results;  additional information or clarification sought and received from Applicants; and any other matters that the Panel considers relevant to applying the Investment Principles to the proposal.

    The Panel will make funding recommendations to inform decision making by the EECA Chief Executive, EECA Board and the Minister Energy and Resources in accordance with EECA’s delegated authority framework.

  5. 5

    Approval Process

    The EECA Chief Executive, EECA Board, or the Minister of Energy and Resources are the decision-makers for the GIDI Fund and will decide which projects should be approved.

    Final decisions will be made based on funding recommendations from the Panel and any further relevant advice received from the Panel (risks, issues or concerns).

  6. 6

    Applicants are notified of outcome

    Successful applicants are advised and will work with EECA to execute funding agreements. Unsuccessful applicants will also be advised.

Round 5: What was in scope?

  • Must focus on decarbonising industrial process heat
  • Total Project costs must be at least $300,000
  • Government co-funding for any Project will be limited to a maximum 50% of eligible project costs
  • Applications for funding must be for the incremental capitalised project costs, not operating costs
  • Projects must be fully commissioned and operational by 31 December 2027
  • Projects that demonstrate a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of New Zealand’s economy

Round 5: What was out of scope?

Projects focussed on:

  • residential or commercial buildings and campuses
  • transport initiatives including decarbonisation of off-road vehicles and marine vessels1
  • waste minimisation
  • electricity generation
  • reducing agricultural emissions or embodied carbon
  • displacing one fossil fuel for another (e.g. coal to natural gas)
  • greenfields developments

For more detail on the scope of this round of contestable funding, see the RFP documents, above.

1Mobile plant used for industrial purposes will be eligible


Future expanded GIDI scope

While there will be a continued focus on industrial process heat this will sit alongside new initiatives such as assisting small to medium-sized businesses buy and install low emission, high efficiency electrical equipment; and assistance for commercial buildings to replace fossil fuel space and water heating with a lower-emissions alternative.

Outside of this first RFP funding round all new initiatives are undergoing programme design by EECA and will be available to the market in due course.

Explore alternative opportunities

We encourage you to check back for opportunities relating to the expanded GIDI Fund and explore the alternative EECA co-funding and support available.

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For more detailed FAQs, see the document above.