The Co-funded Exploration Drilling Program is a flagship program of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS). It is a competitive program, open for applications twice a year, which offers up to a 50 per cent refund for innovative exploration drilling projects, capped at specific amounts.
Applications for Round 21 (R21) grants closed on the 27th March and successful applicants were announced in May 2020
Applications for grants for exploration drilling to be undertaken in 2021 (Round 22) will open on 21 August 2020 and closing 5 pm, WST 18 September 2020
Co-funding in all application categories is up to 50 per cent of direct drilling costs, capped at:
- $150,000 for general multi-hole applications
- $200,000 for a single deep-hole application
- $30,000 for a prospector application
Co-funding will be available for exploration drilling only. The following will not be eligible for co-funding:
- resource definition drilling
- appraisal, stimulation and development drilling
- applicants should note that the government will not support the development of new uranium mines
The grant process is competitive, with marks assigned to your responses to the criteria (detailed in the application forms). Applications are ranked according to the total marks gained and grants offered until exhaustion of available funding.
Information for applicants
The grants are paid to successful applicants in two tranches. Once the drilling project is completed, explorers are eligible for a refund of 80 per cent of the grant on submission of the interim report, with the final 20 per cent refund available on submission of the final report.
Information about the application process is contained in Advice for applicants which should be read before applying.
Full details of the funding process are detailed in the Guidelines for submission of applications 2020-21.
If successful, applicants will be expected to abide by the conditions set out in the Funding agreement document.
Where applicants are not the tenement holder, the tenement holder must agree to the conditions under which co-funding is offered Tenement owner agreement.
Funding will only be offered to those Applicants holding, or having access to, a granted mining tenement or petroleum title. For pending tenements or titles, see Guidelines document section 6.
Drilling must be conducted according to land access and environmental procedures for Western Australian mining tenements or petroleum, or geothermal titles.
Handicapping of multiple applications
Second and subsequent applications from the same applicant will be handicapped. Only one application can be made per tenement/combined reporting group, or geothermal or petroleum title (even if from different applicants).
Applicants should read Advice for applicants including the section on “Completing an Online application”, as well as Guidelines for submission of applications 2020-21 before preparing their application.
Important update to all applicants: The EIS co-funding exploration drilling program will not support applications where proposed drilling intersects a File Notation Area (FNA) with a purpose for the creation of conservation areas (e.g. National parks) under the State Government’s Plan for Our Parks initiative. FNA’s can be found on the following DMIRS databases: GeoVIEW.WA (under Special Category Lands), Data and Software centre (under Special Category Lands) and Tenegraph web.
Apply for co-funding General application
Apply for co-funding Prospector application
Current successful applicants
Previous co-funded drilling successful applications
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