Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund – Funded projects

Last updated: 12 November 2021
Number of recipients to date: 7
Total funding awarded to date: $1,664,446
All projects to be completed by: May 2024

The $2.9 million Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund supports collaborative projects between:

  • individual businesses
  • industry groups and associations
  • charities and/or research institutions

to identify opportunities, apply and scale-up circular economy business models and practices. The projects may also include government or local government organisations or other not-for-profit organisations including community groups/associations.

These grants are funded through the Recycling Victoria policy.

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Fund recipients

Round 1

Announcement date: 15 July 2021

There were two funding streams:

  • Food innovation: Collaborative partnerships that identify opportunities and apply innovative circular economy business models and practices for food waste or for the food sector.
  • Collaborative innovation: Collaborative partnerships that identify, develop and/or scale-up innovative circular economy business models and practices. The projects need to address systemic barriers with innovative thinking and practice.

Funding stream: Food innovation

Mantzaris Fisheries Pty Ltd

Optimise and scale up a green manufacturing process to convert seafood waste into nutritional products (such as omega-3 nutritional oils) fit for human consumption.

Project partners: Deakin University

Funding: $150,000

Open Food Network

Demonstrating Whole Crop Purchasing by securing a local supply of produce for social procurement

Project partners: Farmer Incubator, Social Traders

Funding: $75,000

Benzoil Pty Ltd

Converting pea pollard into new food innovations and establishing a process to upcycle surplus food products (that are traditionally diverted as animal feed).

Project partners: Monash Food Innovation, Mansfields Pty Ltd

Funding: $75,000

Funding stream: Collaboration innovation

RMIT University

The Victoria Circular Activator (VCA) will provide a physical circular economy hub and catalysing activities including research, a business data platform, frameworks to support business collaboration, four business-focused capability-building programs and innovation showcases.

Project partners: RMIT Activator, Circular Economy Victoria, Planet Ark, Swinburne University

Funding: $397,540


Open Sauce is an open innovation project to develop circular retail products from by-products of produce from a network of food social enterprises.

Project partners: Melbourne Farmers Markets, The Corner Store Network, Cultivating Community and Make Studios

Funding: $360,000

Peakstone Global Pty Ltd

Deploying a pilot facility to process waste brewers spent grain into a speciality flour suitable for human consumption.

Project partners: Grainstone and a network of brewers, food manufacturers and bakeries.

Funding: $450,000

Monash University

Feasibility study to valorise stone fruit waste (e.g. peaches, avocados, plums, prunes)

Project partners: Cutri Fruits

Funding: $156,926

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Sustainability Victoria