EIS Government co-funded Exploration Drilling

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.

EIS drilling
Exploration drilling in the Yilgarn

Applications for R16, 2018 grants are now open

Applications for grants for exploration drilling to be undertaken in 2018 are open between 15th September 2017 and 5pm WST, 20th October 2017.

Drilling Timeline
Round 16 open 15th September to 5pm WST 20th October 2017

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.

Where applicants are not the tenement holder, the tenement holder must agree to the conditions under which co-funding is offered Tenement owner agreement.

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 2017-18.

If successful, applicants will be expected to abide by the conditions set out in the Funding agreement document.

Online Application process

Applications must be made using the DMIRS website between 9am 15th September 2017 and 5pm WST, 20th October 2017. The system will close at 5pm WST and any applications not fully submitted by that time will not be accepted.

Applicants will be guided through questions which will address administrative as well as technical criteria. Because of the varying character limits in individual fields in the online form applicants are advised to prepare their responses to criteria using word processing software and then copy and paste the response into the appropriate field in the online form.

Exceeding the character limits specified against fields or the file size for attachments will mean that the application is rejected by the system.

General Grants

All applicants may apply for General and single deep hole grants, funding for which is governed by the cost and type of program.

Prospector Grants

Prospectors may apply using either the prospector application form or general application form for funding with the associated conditions in each category.

Prospector grants have restricted availability. Applicants should ensure that they are eligible to apply for these grants otherwise the application will be considered invalid.

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 Co-funded Drilling 2018 before preparing their application.

Apply for co-funding General application

Apply for co-funding Prospector application

Current Successful Applicants

Co-funded government – Industry drilling round 14, 2017 locations - 478 Kb

Co-funded government – Industry drilling round 14, 2017 locations

Co-funded Exploration Drilling R14, 2017 successful applicants - 86 Kb

Co-funded Exploration Drilling R14 2017 successful applicants

Co-funded exploration drilling R15, 2017-18 locations - 736 Kb

Co-funded government - Industry drilling round 15, 2017/18 locations

Co-funded exploraion drilling R15, 2017-18 successful applicants - 255 Kb

Co-funded exploration drilling R15, 2017-18 successful applicants

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications

Co-funded Exploration Drilling R13, 2016/17 successful applicants - 88 Kb

Co-funded Exploration Drilling R13, 2016/17

Co-funded government – Industry drilling round 13, 2016/17 locations - 909 Kb

Co-funded government – Industry drilling round 13, 2016/17

EIS R10 CoFunded Drilling Projects - 54 Kb

EIS R10 CoFunded Drilling Projects

Current drilling projects – Round 10 locations - 16703 Kb

EIS Approved Sites R10 Map

Current drilling projects – R10 - 54 Kb

EIS Co-funded Drilling Round 10 2015

Current drilling projects – R11 - 50 Kb

Co-funded Drilling R 11, 2015-16

Current drilling projects – Round 11 locations - 431 Kb

R11 Location Successful Projects

Co-funded Exploration Drilling R12, 2016 successful applicants - 42 Kb

Co-funded Exploration Drilling R12, 2016

Co-funded government – Industry drilling round 12, 2016 locations - 582 Kb

Co-funded government – Industry drilling round 12, 2016

Round 10 Successful applicants - 75 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 10

Round 9 Successful applicants - 116 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 9

Round 8 Successful applicants - 39 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 8

Round 7 successful applications - 44 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 7

Round 6 Successful applicants - 28 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 6

Round 5 Successful applicants - 45 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 5

Round 4 Successful applicants - 44 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 4

Round 3 Successful applications - 35 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 3

Round 2 successful applicants - 44 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 2

Round 1 Successful applicants - 28 Kb

Previous Co-funded Drilling Successful Applications - Round 1

Contact
For more information contact:
EIS@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Ph: 92223410