New Grants

Sustainability Victoria (SV) is supporting industry and local councils on their projects with grant funding of up to $1 million through Round 4 of the Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund. The fund aims to:

  • build the capacity, capability and resilience of Victoria’s resource recovery sector
  • support businesses to respond to the national regulation of waste exports
  • increase the quality of materials for manufacturing
  • support the roll-out of a new standardised four-stream household waste and recycling system
  • create jobs in the circular economy

Deadlines and Timings

Applications will close on Friday 11 August 2023, at 11:59PM AEST.

Overview and Grant Amount

Projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Increase the recovery and local reprocessing of priority materials. Round 4 includes mixed paper and cardboard, plastics wastes, tyres and glass (regional funding only).
  • Improve recycling outcomes by addressing critical infrastructure gaps in Australia’s waste management and resource recovery system including, where possible, addressing Australia’s regional and rural waste challenges.
  • Increase the capacity for domestic reprocessing and manufacturing of materials affected by the national regulation of waste exports, container deposit scheme.
  • Manage those materials in line with the waste hierarchy and national regulation of waste exports.
  • Improve the quality of recovered materials to increase market uptake or meet improved material specifications, particularly for food and garden organics from kerbside (funded by the state only).
  • Increase the use and market demand of recovered materials in remanufacturing and in the manufacture of new products.
  • Create jobs in the resource recovery sector.
  • Increase other economic development opportunities such as economic performance and growth of hubs in the regions.
  • Reduce the amount and environmental impact of waste going to landfill.

The fund aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Diversify and attract new investment to increase the quality of materials recovered for recycling.
  • Attract reprocessing infrastructure to increase the quantity of materials re-entering manufacturing streams and improving the circularity of materials.
  • Support technologies and processes that provide new or improved recycling and manufacturing solutions.

Grants of between $50,000 and $1,000,000 (ex GST) are available per project. Applicants must meet the following minimum cash co-contribution:

  • businesses, state and local government organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations must co-contribute:
    • at least $2 for every $1 funded for for Applicants investing in eligible projects that address materials impacted by the national regulation of waste exports
    • at least $1 for every $1 funded for Applicants investing in eligible projects for mechanical decontamination of food and garden organics (FOGO) from kerbside.

Co-contributions must be for eligible activities. note that in-kind contributions cannot be included in the applicant’s co-contribution. Co-contributions or investment leverage will be a key consideration as part of application assessments. Higher investment from the applicant will be looked upon favourably.

Eligibility and Criteria

An eligible organisation must be one of the following organisation types:

  • an Australian business
  • a Victorian state or local government organisation.
  • a social enterprise (must be currently registered with social traders or prove accreditation before entering into a funding agreement)
  • other not-for-profit organisation, ideally registered on the ACNC charity register

Applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN). If the Applicant is a Trust, the Trust as the trading entity must meet this requirement
  • have been operating for a minimum of 2 years by the application closing date (to be validated by the date that the organisation’s ABN is active from)
  • be able to demonstrate financial viability to undertake the project (will meet or exceed the minimum Co-contribution requirements
  • agree to comply with the Terms of Participation in Grant Programs
  • agree to comply with the General Funding Agreement
  • submit their Fair Jobs Code Pre-Assessment Certificate number with their application if applying for $500,000 or more (exclusive of GST); a certificate must be held prior to applying for the grant

Funding Use

Funding will support projects that:

  • meet one or more of the fund objectives
  • operate at an existing facility that increases processing capability and capacity to improve quality of materials to meet product specifications for products or for re-manufacture or use of one or more of the following materials subject to the national regulation of waste exports:
    • mixed plastics that are not of a single resin/polymer type or further sorting, cleaning and processing is required before use in manufacturing
    • single resin/polymer plastics that have not been reprocessed (for example cleaned and baled PET bottles)
    • plastics from e-waste (except brominated and flame-retardant plastics)
    • mixed and unsorted paper and cardboard
    • unprocessed glass, in a whole or broken state (both formed packaging and flat sheet glass) in regional or rural Victoria
    • all whole used tyres or in pieces larger than 150 mm, including baled tyres, but not including bus, truck and aviation tyres exported for retreading to a verified retreading facility
  • invest in innovative technology to mechanically remove contaminants from kerbside FOGO, which will be State funded only at a 1:1 co-contribution ratio
  • are aligned with the Recycling Victoria: A New Economy policy and, for applicable materials, the Australian Government’s national regulation of waste exports

Purchase, install and commission new equipment or upgrades to existing equipment to:

  • increase domestic reprocessing capacity
  • improve the quality of material (includes secondary sorting)
  • Increase use of recycled content in manufacturing

Project costs:

  • capital purchases

Projects must:

  • source 50% or more of the project feedstock (materials) from Victorian sources
  • demonstrate market supply of the material feedstocks and demand for the processed products. Applications with secured feedstock and end markets will be assessed more favourably by the assessment panel
  • be located in and service Victoria
  • meet regulatory or planning requirements
  • be completed by 31 May 2025

You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.

For more information, interested parties are encouraged to read the program guidelines and FAQ set by the funding grant. Submissions must be lodged through their online portal.

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