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Recycling Victoria Collaborative Innovation fund is part of  the Victorian Government’s 10-year policy and action plan for waste and recycling. It outlines a sweeping plan of reform to establish a recycling system that Victorians can rely on, and transforms how the local economy can use materials, and the state reuses, repairs and recycles them.

Overview and Grant Amount

Round 2, Stream 2: Collaborative Innovation

Collaborative Innovation focuses on preventing waste from multiple organisations in a specific supply chain, sector or region. Projects of applicants for this stream must (a) be delivered by a Collaborative Partnership, (b) be innovative (have never been done in Victoria before), and (c) explore, test or demonstrate solutions that prevent waste in the make phase or the use phase of a resource lifecycle.

It must prevent waste by design. Make Phase refers to the design, production and distribution of products or services, whilst Use Phase refers to the consumption or use of goods and services.

Examples of activities that can be done under Make Phase are as follows:

  • Create products that are durable, and can be more easily repaired or reused.
  • Provide virtual options for physical products.
  • Re-design products, services or systems to eliminate waste.
  • Use fewer materials or resources to deliver the same value to customers.
  • Use non-toxic, renewable materials as inputs.

Examples of activities that can be done under Use Phase are as follows:

  • Enable shared use of, shared ownership of, or shared access to products.
  • Extend product life through maintenance, repair or refurbishment.
  • Reuse or re-sell second-hand products.

The project must deliver at least 2 of these outcomes:

  • Creation of new circular products and services
  • Avoidance of waste materials to any waste or recycling destination
  • Increase employment through direct creation of Jobs

The Lead Applicant and Collaborative Partners must together contribute at least $1 for every $1 funded (1:1 Co-contribution) that can be either financial (cash) or in-kind. At least 20% of the co-contribution must be cash contribution.

Each project can receive a grant between $150,000 and $250,000.


Monday 15 November 2021, 11:59 pm

Eligible Applicants

The application must be made by at least 2 organisations. In such a group application (known as ‘Collaborative Partnership’), the main organisation responsible for delivering the project is the Lead Applicant , and the others are the Collaborative Partners.

The Lead Applicant must be a business, charity, industry group and association and research institution. The Lead Applicant must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have been operating with the ABN for at least 2 years by the fund closing date November 15, 2021
  • meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirements
  • agree to comply with the Terms of Participation in Grant Programs
  • agree to comply with the funding terms and conditions for grants over $50,000, as per the General grant funding agreement
  • lead the Collaborative Partnership according to requirements

The Collaborative Partner must be from one of the following groups:

  • Businesses (including commercial or for-profit businesses and social enterprises)
  • Charities
  • Community organisations or groups
  • Government or local government organisations
  • Industry groups and associations
  • Other not-for-profit organisations
  • Research institutions

The Collaborative Partner(s) must:

  • have a direct, clear role in the project
  • have a current ABN
  • have a demonstrated contribution (in-kind or financial contribution) to project delivery

Each Collaborative Partner must provide a letter of support (or equivalent) that is signed by an authorised representative.

Eligible Activities

The project activities eligible for funding must focus on:

  • designing out textile waste from the make or use phase of the resource lifecycle (in this case, for textiles)
  • an Innovation for Victoria (that is, it has not been done in Victoria before)

The Innovation could be a:

  • business model innovation – where a new product, process, service or system is created
  • technical innovation – where a new technology is developed
  • social innovation – where new capabilities, connections or relations are created

The project must also:

  • start within 3 months after it’s announced that it has been awarded funding
  • primarily take place in Victoria – over 50% of activities should be in Victoria
  • be completed by October 2023

Project activities can include business case development, design, experimental proof of concept, feasibility studies, ideation or concept generation, implementation, pilots, trials and demonstrations, prototyping, and research.

The following project costs are eligible for funding:

  • capital costs (such as infrastructure or equipment)
  • new or existing staff costs (such as salaries) that are demonstrated to be directly related to the project
  • consultancy or contract costs
  • project management costs
  • project evaluation
  • other project execution costs

Applicants are encouraged to read through all the criteria set by this grant, which may be found here.

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