First round of NSW Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Activation Fund open now

Applications are now open for the first round of a new fund set to turbocharge the critical minerals and high-tech metals sector and position regional NSW as a major global supplier.

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Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Activation Fund would help diversify and accelerate mining projects in regional NSW.

The State is rich in critical minerals and high-tech metals, such as rare earths, cobalt, copper, antimony, and scandium, which are crucial to a range of emerging technologies including the defence space, the manufacture of electric vehicles, solar panels, and wind turbines.

“The NSW Government is investing more than $130 million towards the growth and future of the mining sector and I’m pleased to announce applications are now open for the first stream of this Fund,” Mr Toole said.

“It will help deliver a diverse, vibrant, investment-ready industry, ensuring NSW is ready to meet the rapidly expanding global market and giving a vital economic boost to our regional economies.

“To give projects the best possible start, grants of up to $500,000 will support key studies, research and development, such as feasibility studies, mine re-use processing studies, metallurgical testing and infrastructure, water, and environmental studies.”

Grants will be awarded through a competitive process and successful applicants will be required to provide a funding co-contribution.

Applications are now open for Stream 1 – Project Activation Studies. For information about this funding opportunity, including guidelines, key dates, frequently asked questions, eligibility and applicant resources, please visit the grants website.

Applications are required to be lodged through the SmartyGrants Portal by 5pm Tuesday 4 October 2022 (AEDT).

For further information on the Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Activation Fund, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria, go here.

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