Sustainability Victoria, on behalf of the Victorian Government, is pleased to announce the opening of round 3 of the Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund Grants in Victoria.
The $13 million Fund which began in 2017 has had two funding rounds to date with 27 infrastructure projects awarded in metro and regional Victoria worth over $9 million. These supported projects are expected to create over 140 jobs in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector and are expected to divert and recover at least 500,000 tonnes of material from landfill each year.
Round 3 is now open and is seeking projects that target food and organics, rigid and soft plastics, paper and cardboard, and e-waste re-processing as priority materials. However, projects addressing the future resource recovery infrastructure needs and opportunities identified in the Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plans developed by the Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (WRRGs) will also be supported.
Round 3 applications close 31 July 2018
What grants or funding is available?
Round 3 has up to $3 million available for infrastructure grants. Projects located in and servicing Victoria can apply for between $40,000 and $500,000 in funding for infrastructure development. Infrastructure can be for collection, sorting or processing.
What is the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must:
- be councils or businesses located in and servicing Victoria
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
- have satisfactory environmental, safety and financial performance
- agree to comply with SV’s Terms and Conditions
- agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in Grant Programs.
Collaborative applications for funding are also encouraged, for example between businesses who generate large quantities of food, plastics, paper and cardboard, or for processing e-waste and those who can collect and/or reprocess the material. Collaborative applications will require a lead applicant that will be accountable for implementation of the funding agreement.
Funding will not be provided for:
- projects that do not meet the eligibility criteria for the fund
- projects not located in and servicing Victoria
- projects that do not address recovery infrastructure (e.g.disposal)
- projects that request funds to produce documents only and do not deliver infrastructure (e.g. feasibility studies, scoping documentation, business case development, designs, site plans etc.)
- projects for education or market development activities
- projects requesting less than $40,000 or more than $500,000 in SV funding
- projects that seek funding which does not meet the minimum co-contribution ratio
- infrastructure development that has previously received matched funding from SV for the organisation’s contribution
- requests for retrospective funding, where projects are completed or have commenced prior to signing a funding agreement with SV (unless the funding is for a separate stage of the project)
- projects using native forestry materials and wastes as a feedstock
- projects that are being undertaken in order to comply with regulation
- applicants (including related entities, the project partners and sub-contractors) that have failed to adequately address an environmental or safety breach or cannot demonstrate they are working effectively to resolve the breach
- applicants that are unable to demonstrate the financial capability to undertake the project
- projects that do not demonstrate outcomes which are based on evidence
- project outcomes that are not directly attributable to the SV grant funding
- projects where applicants have received funding or support for the same activities from other sources
- projects that do not clearly demonstrate a need for Victorian Government support
- the purchase of vehicles, vehicular attachments or modifications e.g. front end loader, fork lift etc
- projects that require ongoing funding or support other than the initial grant
- projects that require funds to purchase land
- projects that focus on routine or cyclical maintenance works
- projects that involve the repair of facilities damaged by vandalism, fire or other natural disasters where the damage should be covered by insurance
- ongoing operational costs such as, but not limited to, salaries, electricity, water and other utilities
- organisations that have failed to satisfactorily complete any other previous projects funded by SV without sufficient reason
- projects tha tcannot reasonably be completed in the fund timelines (approved projects must be completed by 31 March 2021)
What is the assessment criteria?
Applications will be assessed to determine whether the applicant and the project meet the eligibility criteria.
Eligible projects will be assessed against the following merit criteria:
What – Describe the project (60%)
- Increased/additional tonnages of materials to be diverted
- Increased number of jobs created
- Source of the material being diverted and control over feedstock
- Endmarket/s for the diverted materials
- Alignment with the Regional Implementation Plans
- Reduction in waste to landfill (tonnes)
- Benefits to the region/council/facility
- Capacity and capability of the organisation to deliver the project (project partners and stakeholders)
- Project will be completed by 31 March 2021
- Demonstrates innovation and/or better practice
- Addresses a need or market failure
- Monitoring an devaluation of project (how will the outputs be measured)
Project budget (10%)
- Value for money ($ per job and $ per tonnes diverted)
- The Project cost is relative to the project benefits
- Leverages Victorian Government funds( ratio of Victorian Government funds to funds invested by the applicant)
- Extent of co-contribution (Privateor Local Government)
- Increased investment leverage in resource recovery infrastructure
Environmental, safety and financial performance
Applicant’s compliance with environmental or safety laws and financial performance will be assessed using a risk based approach (including related entities, the project partners and sub-contractors).
For more information, please see the Program Guidelines.
How do I apply?
To view and apply for grant funding, please visit http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Grants-and-Funding
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