The Fund will primarily target waste prevention, reuse, remanufacture and upcycling. Innovative recycling approaches will also be supported, where they develop new recycling markets in Victoria.
There are 2 grant types:
Stream 1 applicants may apply for Stream 2 as well, in the first round or subsequent round (s).
This page is about Stream 1: Identification grants.
Co-contribution can be made as cash or in-kind. Up to 50% of the applicant’s co-contribution can be in-kind.
An application can be made by one organisation or a group of organisations.
For a group application (known as ‘collaborative partnership’), the main organisation responsible for delivering the project is the lead applicant, and the others are the project partners.
Applying as an individual
To be an individual applicant, you must be from one of the following:
Applying as a collaborative partnership
To be a lead applicant, you must be from one of the following:
To be a project partner, you must be from one of the following:
You must also:
The project should focus on at least one of these areas:
The project should meet these objectives:
Other requirements are:
Grant amount per project: $75,000 to $200,000
Co-contribution is required.
Recycling Victoria (PDF, 1.7MB) is a ten-year policy and action plan to transform how our economy uses materials. The policy will assist business to generate less waste through:
This will create value for Victorians through increased access to:
The Recycling Victoria policy defines circular economy as:
“A circular economy continually seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption, while enabling economic growth through more productive use of natural resources.
It allows us to avoid waste with good design and effective recovery of materials that can be reused.
It promotes more efficient business models that encourage intense and efficient product use, such as sharing products between multiple users, or supplying a product as a service that includes maintenance, repair and disposal.
The value people obtain from the resources used to create goods and services increases.
It transforms our linear economy mindset—take, use and throw away—and fosters innovation and productivity that invigorates existing businesses and creates new ones, delivering more jobs and more growth for local, regional, state and global economies.”
The $10 million Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund (“Fund”) will support both individual businesses (including not-for-profits and charities) and business-led groups (including trade and industry associations) to identify, develop and implement circular economy approaches within businesses or across supply chains and sectors.
The Fund will primarily target waste prevention and reuse/remanufacture. Innovative recycling approaches will also be supported, where they develop new recycling markets in Victoria.
The Fund will be delivered under two streams of funding to support the Recycling Victoria funding program.
Stream 1: Identification Grants
Grants of $75,000 to $200,000 will be made available to support businesses to investigate how to apply and adapt circular economy business opportunities and approaches.
Stream 2: Implementation Grants
Grants of $100,000 up to $500,000 for individual applicants, or up to $1,000,000 for Collaborative Partnerships (with a Lead Applicant and Project Partners) seeking to implement solutions across multiple businesses. These grants will support the business to implement evidence-based circular economy business opportunities and approaches in Victoria, for example, new circular economy-based products, services, markets and models.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
Applications must be submitted by 3:00 pm on 12 March 2021.Late applications will not be accepted unless exceptional circumstances apply.
Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out of the system.
“Recycling Victoria: A new economy” aims to deliver the Fund to help businesses improve resource efficiency, reduce waste to landfill, increase recycling and reduce business costs. Victorian businesses are not capitalising on the scale and scope of circular economy business opportunities.
The grants will kick-start Victoria’s circular economy by providing support for businesses to identify and implement circular economy opportunities and approaches, including new circular economy-based products, services, models and markets.
Importantly, the Fund will support the early identification and implementation of circular economy opportunities in Victorian businesses, to help the Victorian government and business community evaluate and promote the success of these opportunities. This will help accelerate independent action from businesses to take advantage of the circular economy in, and through, their businesses.
The Fund’s objective is for businesses to:
The grants seek to deliver the following outcomes for Victoria:
Grants of $75,000 to $200,000 will be made available to projects seeking to adapt and apply circular economy opportunities and approaches. Successful stream 1 projects can apply for funding to implement opportunities and approaches under stream 2.
Eligible applicants are required to contribute to the project at a funding ratio of $2:$1 (SV:business). Up to 50% of the applicant’s co-contribution can be in-kind (for further explanation of in-kind refer to section 9: Fund definitions).
These grants are targeting projects that seek to undertake:
Any of the following organisation types may apply for an individual grant:
Alternatively, organisations may apply as a Lead Applicant in a Collaborative Partnership. Each Collaborative Partnership application must have:
Grants are available with a minimum of $100,000 and up to a maximum of $500,000 for individual applicants or up to $1,000,000 for Collaborative Partnerships seeking to implement solutions across multiple businesses. These grants will support the business to implement circular economy opportunities and approaches in, or through, Victorian businesses.
Eligible applicants are required to contribute to the project at a funding ratio of $1:$1 (SV:business). Up to 10% of the applicant’s co-contribution can be in-kind (for further explanation of in-kind refer to section 9: Fund definitions).
These grants are targeting projects that seek to:
Importantly, the project should demonstrate a clear and thorough understanding of the circular economy opportunity, backed by evidence, before applying for an Implementation Grant.
Where projects are based on adopting and applying an established circular economy business opportunity (that is, an existing circular economy business model, product, service or market), the applicant is required to demonstrate its feasibility for implementation (for example, replicating a successful international opportunity or approach in a Victorian business) in Victoria.
Stream 1: Identification Grants can be used to support:
Stream 2: Implementation Grants can be used to support:
Funding will not be provided for:
Stream 1 Identification Grants will not be provided for:
Stream 2 Implementation Grants will not be provided for:
Applicants must meet all the following compliance criteria to be considered for progression to eligibility. These will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.
Applicants are not able to be funded if they do not meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants cannot progress to merit assessment unless all eligibility criteria are met. To be eligible for funding applicants must:
Any of the following organisation types can apply for individual grants:
A coordinated group of businesses can apply for a grant as a Collaborative Partnership, with one organisation taking a lead role as the Lead Applicant.
Each Collaborative Partnership application must have:
Note: Lead Applicants will have responsibility over the delivery of the project deliverables and contractual requirements under SV’s funding agreement and be subject to due diligence checks. They are also responsible for the Collaborative Partnership responsibilities, so will need to have the capability to undertake these tasks. Project Partners depending on the activities undertaken may be subject to due diligence checks by SV. The relevant requirements for Lead Applicants and Project Partners will be highlighted in the grants Information bulletin and reiterated at Grant Information Sessions. Project Partners’ experience, resources and capabilities are tested through the criteria related to ‘Who’.
The Lead Applicant and Project Partners must have a current Australian Business Number (ABN).
Length of operation
Stream 1 Identification Grants:
Stream 2 Implementation Grants:
Meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirement for funding:
Note: The applicant’s or Collaborative Partnership’s required cash and/or in-kind contribution relates to the total project income. Co-contribution can be provided by the Lead Applicant and/or the Project Partners.
Note: Where project activities occur outside of Victoria, the project will need to deliver the minimum required benefits to Victorian businesses as outlined in these Guidelines (for example, reduce waste generation by 750 tonnes in a Victorian business).
The funding objective is to:
Applicants must demonstrate how the project meets Recycling Victoria policy and SV’s strategic objectives:
Increase awareness of circular economy opportunities and benefits to businesses in Victoria.
Identify and develop circular economy-based opportunities and approaches, ready for businesses to implement, where implementation will lead to reduced waste or materials intensity, or increased processing capacity.
Implement circular economy-based business opportunities and approaches (e.g. circular products, services, models and markets) that lead to reduced waste or materials intensity or increased processing capacity.
Increase uptake of circular economy approaches by business, to accelerate Victoria’s transition to a circular economy.
The individual applicant, or Lead Applicant and Project Partners, can deliver the project and has the capability (skills) and capacity (resources) to deliver the project.
The applicant demonstrates why the project is needed and to what extent it will achieve the desired outcomes and supports Victorian businesses to take advantage of circular economy opportunities.
The project is commercial, feasible and capable of being delivered
SV may overlay rankings to achieve an overall mix of projects that represent a:
The grants seek to encourage diverse projects including, but not limited to:
A risk-based approach will be used to assess the applicant’s social, economic and environmental risks in relation to the project. This assessment will include the applicant’s Related Entities and may include Project Partners (see section 9: Fund definitions).
Applicants (and their Related Entities and if applicable their Project Partners) should:
Assessment of a satisfactory level of risk will include but not be limited to SV’s consideration of:
SV may conduct due diligence checks on the Project Partners involved in the delivery of the project. The applicant must ensure that any Project Partners(s) agree to cooperate with this requirement and will provide information at SV’s request.
SV reserves the right not to award funding to applicants where the due diligence risk (including that of Project Partners) is unsatisfactory or not able to be managed.
Successful applicants approved for funding must:
Applicants should note that capital works signage is required for projects over $250,000. It is recommended applicants consider this in their proposed budget.
LJF creates opportunities for local businesses and workers. It aims to develop the local industry and grow the next generation of skilled workers in Victoria.
Grant recipients are subject to LJF when the Victorian Government contribution (value of the grant) meets the LJF monetary thresholds of $1 million for regional projects.
It is recommended applicants consider this in their application.
* Please note: these timelines are indicative only and may change.
Applications open – 20 November 2020
Applications close – 3:00 pm, 12 March 2021
Notification of outcome – 21 July 2021SV will provide applicants with updates about the progress of their applications as much as possible but cannot provide a definite approval /announcement date.
Funding agreements established by – 11 October 2021
Projects commenced by – 11 November 2021
Applicants should review and follow these steps:
Submitting your application:
Two information sessions will be conducted for interested parties.
Session 1 (online)
Register for the information session
If you are unable to attend, a recording will be available after the session.
The second information session will be held before February 2021.
Email email@example.com with Circular Economy Business Support Grants in the subject line.
Alternatively, for more information select the 'Information bulletin' tab above.
These are the definitions of the terms used in these Guidelines.
Circular Economy: Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out of the system. The Recycling Victoria: A new economy policy describes a circular economy as follows:
It promotes more efficient business models that encourage intense and efficient product use, such as sharing products between multiple users or supplying a product as a service that includes maintenance, repair and disposal.
Charity: A Charity is an organisation that is not-for-profit and has only charitable purposes that are for the public benefit. A Charity must not be an individual, political party or government entity, and be registered on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Charity Register.
Co-contribution: The applicant’s required cash or in-kind contribution to the total project income.
Collaborative Partnerships: A relationship with businesses established to meet common project objectives and outcomes.
Collaborative Partnerships will need to be demonstrated by a formal agreement between the partners that outlines the governance, financial and intellectual property arrangements and roles and responsibilities of each party. A formal agreement must either be in place or be finalised before commencement of the project.
Direct Jobs: Actual new full-time positions created by your business. This can include training or upskilling of employees who would otherwise be made redundant through the implementation of your project.
Environmental, Safety or Workplace Breach: An environmental or safety breach is any past or current prosecution, reportable incident, investigation, notice, penalty, warning, regulatory intervention or enforcement action from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe) or Fair Work Ombudsman or failure to comply with any environmental, safety and workplace laws.
Environmental and Safety Laws: Environmental and safety laws are the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, Environment Protection Act 1970 or any other legislation, regulation order, statute, by-law, ordinance or any other legislative or regulatory measure, code, standard or requirement relating to the protection and safety of persons or property or which regulate the environment including laws relating to land use planning, pollution of air or water, soil or groundwater contamination, chemicals, waste, the use, handling, storage or transport of dangerous goods or substances, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon trading, or any other aspect of protection of the environment.
Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTE): The hours worked by one employee on a full-time basis.
The calculation is used to convert the hours worked by several part-time employees into the hours worked by full-time employees. For example, you have three employees working the following – 40, 40 and 20 hours per week giving you 100 hours per week in total.
Assuming full-time hours are 40 hours per week, your full-time equivalent calculation is 100 hours divided by 40 hours which equals 2.5 FTE.
Indirect Jobs: Jobs created by other businesses that come into existence due to the economic growth of your business.
Individual business: A commercial enterprise seeking to generate profit through its activities, including Social Enterprises.
Industry groups and associations: An industry peak body, representative industry association or group, or an industry-owned Rural Research and Development Corporation (industry-owned companies).
In-kind contribution: An in-kind contribution is a contribution of a good or service other than money.
In-kind contributions may include, but are not limited to:
Financial contributions (not in-kind) may include, but are not limited to:
The following activities cannot be considered in-kind contributions:
Lead Applicant: The Lead Applicant is the listed applicant for an application and is responsible for all details in the submission of an application. The Lead Applicant will be responsible for the contractual obligations of the funding agreement with Sustainability Victoria if successful for grant funding.
The Lead Applicant is also responsible for managing the project outcomes and deliverables of the Collaborative Partnership.
Materials intensity: Refers to the amount of materials used in a product, service or model. For these Grants, reducing materials intensity means to reduce the amount or volume of materials used in a product, service or model, to produce a given number of goods or services (output). Another way of considering this is increasing the materials efficiency of a product, which means reducing the input and waste of resources to accomplish the desired output. Materials efficiency is the fundamental reduction in the amount of wasted resources that are used to produce a given number of goods or services (output).
Other not-for-profit organisation: An organisation that provides services to the community and does not seek to generate profit through its activities (either direct or indirect). For this grant program, the definition of Other not-for-profit organisation does not include a charity or an industry group or association.
Project Partner: Organisation/s in a Collaborative Partnership with a Lead Applicant that have a critical role in the project and a formal commitment to delivering the support required to ensure the project’s success.
The role of Project Partners will need to be demonstrated by a formal agreement between relevant parties and will outline the roles and responsibilities of each party, such as governance, financial or intellectual property arrangements. A formal agreement must either be in place or be finalised before commencement of the project.
Related Entities: Entities which are related to the applicant and includes:
Related Persons: Related Person means a director, officer, employee, agent, board member or contractor of the applicant or a Related Entity.
Research and Development (R&D): R&D activities are experimental activities that are conducted to generate new knowledge or the use of existing knowledge in creative and new ways (including about creating new knowledge or improved materials, products, devices, processes or services
Research Institution: A Research Institution can be a tertiary education institution, a government agency established for research, a Cooperative Research Centre, an Institute or Centre for Research or a privately owned and accredited research facility. Consultancies and industry-owned Rural Research & Development Corporations are not considered to be research institutions for this grants program.
Re-use: A process defined as using a product more than once in its original form, for the same purpose or a different purpose, by buying or otherwise obtaining second-hand items; renting or accessing products through a sharing platform; and/or repairing products rather than discarding and purchasing a replacement.
Remanufacture: A comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, leased, used, worn, or non-functional product or part is returned to a “like-new” or “better-than-new” condition, from both a quality and performance perspective, through a controlled, reproducible, and sustainable process (ANSI Standard).
Redistribution: A process whereby surplus un-used products (often food) that would otherwise have ended up as waste are, instead, made available for people to use or consume. In the circular economy, redistribution is similar to ‘re-use’ however this definition is not suitable for food and other products that have not yet been used or may only be used a single time (e.g. collecting unsold bread from a bakery and redistributing it to people in need).
Recycling: Typically refers to converting waste into a reusable material. It is a term that may be used to cover a wide range of activities, including collection, sorting, reprocessing and manufacture into new products. For these Grants, a recycling-based project cannot replicate a recycling solution currently operating in Victoria.
Risks associated with climate change: Risks may include extreme weather events, sea-level rise and storm surge, increased fire danger and reduced rainfall. The planning for the development of new infrastructure or the upgrading of existing infrastructure is an appropriate time to examine the associated risks. Risks will also arise from the impact of climate change to infrastructure which may be beyond the boundaries of the facility and may influence its location or siting. For example, an increase in flooding may impact a facility for which the access requires passage over low lying roads. For more information, applicants may wish to refer to climate change information and resources at Climate Change in Australia and Victorian climate projections 2019 published by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and CSIRO.
Social Enterprise: A social enterprise is an organisation that is driven by a public or community cause, be it social, environmental, cultural or economic. A social enterprise derives most of its income from trade, not donations or grants, and uses the majority (at least 50%) of its profits to work towards its social mission. A social enterprise is considered an individual business for the purposes of these Grants.
Upcycle: Refers to the use of secondary products, components or materials that results in a higher economic value of that material.
Workplace Laws: Workplace laws are the Fair Work Act 2009, or any other legislation, regulation order, statute, by-law, ordinance or any other legislative or regulatory measure, code, standard or requirement relating to the provision of fair, relevant and enforceable minimum terms and conditions for all persons and to prevent discrimination against employees.
This page will be regularly updated based on questions we receive.
We held information sessions to present an overview of the fund and application criteria.
Yes, eligible organisations can submit multiple applications for different projects. Please note: eligible applications will be assessed in a contested process against the merit criteria listed in the Guidelines.
Applicants will be notified of outcomes on or by Wednesday 21 July 2021.
Late applications will not be accepted unless exceptional circumstance apply (see our Terms of Participation Grant Programs for further detail). Our online grant application portal will not accept applications lodged after the closing date and time. We recommend that you submit your application well before the closing time. Refer to the Terms of Participation in Grant Programs for further details. Note the closing date for this program is 12 March 2021.
Applications will be assessed against the weighted/merit criteria. The time between receipt, assessment and decision will be subject to a variety of factors including the number and quality of applications received. Applicants will be updated about the status of their application by Wednesday 21 July at the latest.
The application does not include an EOI process. Both grant streams are now open and will close on 12 March 2021 at 3:00 pm. Please see the grant information pages for key dates.
No. This situation is unlikely as to apply for a Stream 2 grant, you must have the evidence base to show this solution can be implemented. Under this scenario, you would need to develop the evidence base first (Stream 1) before you could apply for funding to implement the solution (Stream 2). There will be multiple rounds of funding to support Stream 1 applicants in applying for a Stream 2 grant in subsequent rounds.
To apply, you will need to register an account online through SmartyGrants, our grant application program. Once you’re logged in, click on Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund and choose the stream you’re applying for (Stream 1 or Stream 2).
If a project agreement is finalised and signed by all parties prior to November 11, it may commence earlier. Sustainability Victoria cannot provide any guarantees regarding how long this will take as each contract negotiation and development is different and there may be other applications also in development during this time. We recommend your application is as clear and complete as possible to help expedite the contract development phase.
We cannot advise if applicants will be notified earlier than this time, but due to the amount of applications received and internal processes to ensure due diligence, it is unlikely you will be notified before this date.
If you have already completed assessments and can provide evidence of the solution to justify its implementation, you can apply directly for Stream 2.
No, this being a competitive process, we are unable to review a draft or provide feedback on the potential merit of a project.
We encourage applicants to consider and address how the project meets the eligibility criteria, and to describe how the project addresses the merit criteria outlined in the Guidelines and Application Form.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund or phone 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grants representative.
This is something the team is working on. For the moment, we are happy to offer a one-to-one service if you contact us. Please feel free to book a chat with us via the website by visiting the Contact us page.
You can find information on all grant streams, including the RV Innovation Fund, on the Grants page.
In Sustainability Victoria’s grant funding agreements (both the short form for grants up to $50,000 and the long form for grants over $50,000), you (the grant recipient) will retain ownership of your IP.
If you are developing that IP or creating any new IP as part of the funded project, then the new IP that you create or develop is called “Project Intellectual Property”. Under the funding agreements, SV gets a (non-exclusive) licence to use this Project Intellectual Property for any purpose consistent with its general objectives. SV’s general objectives and its statutory functions are set out in the Sustainability Victoria Act 2005. It is not a general objective of SV to commercialise IP (whether our IP or yours) or to grant third parties the right to commercialise others’ IP. SV respects the intellectual property rights of owners and would not knowingly or intentionally do anything to infringe or undermine those rights. As a government entity, SV is required to act reasonably, honestly and ethically at all times and in the public interest.
Note that this is not intended to constitute legal advice to you. Should you have any particular concerns about the IP or other clauses or your rights under the funding agreement, you should consider obtaining independent legal advice.
If a university is a business, charity, other not-for-profit or consultancy, they would meet this eligibility criteria. Government research organisations may not apply for a grant as a project partner or lead applicant but may informally participate in projects without receiving funding.
A consultant may be a lead applicant in a collaborative partnership with any approved project partner. Alternatively, a business may use the services of a consultant as a project activity (for example, to support a feasibility study or manage a project) and this could be funded. In this example, the consultant would not be a lead applicant or project partner; they would be a service provider for the applicant/s.
Social enterprises are considered as businesses and are eligible to apply for this fund as a business.
Project partners can be the following organisation types: individual businesses, charities, other not-for-profit organisations, or industry groups and associations. If a university is one of these organisation types (for example, an incorporated business) they may apply as a lead applicant or project partner. If they are not one of these organisation types (for example, they are considered as a government entity), they may not apply. Only approved organisation types may apply as project partners and receive funding.
No. Government organisations will not be funded by Stream 1 or Stream 2 of the Business Support Fund as either a lead applicant or project partner. Government organisations may apply for the RV Innovation Fund and there may be future programs in Recycling Victoria that provide support for local governments.
For Stream 1, if you have been operating for less than two years, you can provide a company guarantee from an entity (Related Entity or Project Partner) that has been operating for more than two years. You will be able to apply for a grant of $75,000 only. This is outlined in the funding guidelines.
For Stream 2, your organisation must have been operating for a minimum of two years.
You need to have been operating for at least two years by the application closing date.
This funding is targeting eligible organisations that plan to reduce waste either within their business or more broadly. If your project has already gone through the feasibility stage and is seeking funding to scale up this solution, then a Stream 2 grant may be suitable.
An example of this is: installing new equipment in a textile production facility so that clothes are made more efficiently and with less waste. If the solution is new, innovative and requires research and development, it may be more suited for the RV Innovation Fund.
If you are operating as a recycling business and want to grow your current operations (for example, increase your commingled recycling capacity by 20%), then you would not be eligible.
If you are from a recycling facility that wants to diversify your business into a completely new recycling area that is not serviced in Victoria, this would be eligible. For example, you introduce an innovation that enables you to recycle a material not previously recycled in Victoria.
Alternatively, you may choose to pivot your operations and develop a solution that prevents waste through reuse, remanufacture, redistribution or upcycling.
Yes, consultants may apply as a lead applicant, with businesses as their project partners. Alternatively, a business may engage a consultant and the engagement can be considered as a funded project activity, as a service.
As a sole trader, you will apply as a business. When filling in the application form, select ‘consultant’ from the field ‘Organisation type’.
Both of these funding programs were established through the Recycling Victoria policy to transform how our economy uses materials. Some of the key differences are:
Focus on material, product or sector
Expectation on innovation
For more details, view the Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund page.
Any product or material currently wasted may be in scope for this funding. Applicants must demonstrate how this waste is currently treated (for example, sent to landfill or composted) and how the proposed solution will reduce this waste (for example, transforming this waste into a new product to prevent waste).
Waste-to-energy projects are not eligible for the Business Support Fund. For other funding opportunities, please see Sustainability Victoria’s Grants section.
This program focuses primarily on reducing waste, not recovering resources from waste generated. This is aligned with the top of Environment Protection Authority (EPA) waste hierarchy (where prevention is the top priority) and the core principles of a circular economy – to prevent waste and pollution. We acknowledge for waste that cannot be prevented, waste-to-energy has a role to play in a circular economy; there are other programs within the Recycling Victoria policy that focus on waste-to-energy. For more information, please see the Victorian Government’s Transforming recycling in Victoria page.
Projects must demonstrate how they will meet the funding objectives. Please read the guidelines and application form for each grant to better understand their requirements and eligibility criteria.
Yes. Projects can deliver on a range of fund objectives. An application cannot however include multiple projects in one application form, but a single project can include multiple elements (for example, installing equipment to make a new circular economy-based product, and marketing that product).
At least 50% of the project must be focused within Victoria and the minimum benefits of the project must be achieved in Victoria. For example, a business implements a new refrigeration system to reduce waste during transport of food from Queensland to Victoria. This new change would also benefit other states. For Stream 2 funding, this project must reduce waste in Victoria by at least 750 tonnes per annum to meet the minimum benefits. If the project also reduces waste in New South Wales, this is OK and would be a good example of a circular economy supply chain solution. For this project, at least 50% of the activity should be focused on the transport into Victoria.
Yes, if the project meets all eligibility criteria. This Fund is looking to support waste reduction initiatives, including redistributing food to prevent waste.
This is considered bioenergy production and is not in scope for the Business Support Fund.
No. This is considered waste-to-energy and is out of scope for this Fund.
The Business Support Fund will support the uptake and growth of already established circular economy solutions and approaches. This program will fund tried-and-tested approaches proven to reduce waste and to increase reuse, re-manufacture and upcycling. It will also support the development of new recycling systems in Victoria based on proven models, to create more recycling pathways for products and materials currently wasted.
Stream 2 projects must deliver ongoing benefits to waste reduction. The grants will fund projects that contribute to Victoria’s target of reducing waste per capita by 15% and are seeking long-term solutions that eliminate waste by design, rather than focusing on short-term fixes. If your once-off waste reduction project can demonstrate how it will help prevent waste on an ongoing basis – for example by developing a new process that could be replicated by other businesses with similar waste stream – this could be in scope, but you must clearly articulate how the project will achieve these long-term goals.
No. This Fund is primarily supporting waste prevention through waste reduction, reuse, remanufacture and upcycling. New approaches to recycling will be supported; for example, new systems or technologies that increase the range of products that could be recycled in Victoria. These new approaches must be based on evidence-based solutions in operation outside of Victoria.
If a project helps Victoria to recycle something that is not currently recyclable, this would be in scope, permitting the idea is based on an approach that is currently working outside of Victoria. If a product or material is already recycled in Victoria, this would not be in scope.
Yes. Any product or material waste is in scope for these grants. This does not need to be a regulated waste stream. In fact, we’re looking to prevent waste happening in the first place, which will help reduce the burden of waste on our existing waste and recycling system.
The aim of these grants is to ultimately eliminate waste in Victoria. This can occur by reducing waste in the first place or by facilitating the reuse, redistribution, remanufacture or upcycling of products or materials that are currently wasted (that is, sent to a waste processing destination such as landfill, the sewer or even a recycling facility). In a circular economy, we want products and materials to have long and high-value life cycles, not end up in landfill or recycled as a default option when that waste could be stopped or slowed.
No. The project must deliver minimum benefits to Victoria, for example by reducing waste in Victoria by 750 tonnes per annum. It the project delivers minimum benefits in Victoria and additional benefits outside Victoria, this would be eligible.
This is not likely. Plastic recycling or any other existing recycling solutions will not be funded. However, if there is a type of plastic that is not currently recycled in Victoria, and your solution will facilitate it being recycled in Victoria, this project could be eligible for funding.
Yes. You can apply for multiple project activities within one project. For example, a materials efficiency assessment; a feasibility study; a pilot project or trial.
If these products are currently wasted and not recovered, then these would be considered a waste product. If your project seeks to reduce a waste product, this is in scope for both streams.
No. Projects funded must ultimately reduce waste, increase materials efficiency (do more with less), or develop new recycling systems. Although using recycled materials is important in a circular economy, activities to minimise reliance on virgin materials do not support the objectives of the Fund. Under Recycling Victoria: a new economy, the Markets Acceleration Program does focus on end-markets for recycled materials and may have future support for these projects.
The minimum benefits of the project must be delivered in Victoria. For example, your project must reduce waste by 750 tonnes per annum in Victoria. If your project additionally reduces waste elsewhere, this would be acceptable if the minimum benefits have been achieved locally in Victoria.
If you prevent waste in Victoria by rescuing a product and redistributing for sale or donation to another state (if it is not managed as waste there), this may be in scope too; you may not simply redistribute waste across borders. For example, you rescue food from waste in Victoria and ship it to a buyer in Sydney where the food is consumed. In this example, the waste is prevented in Victoria and this meets the eligibility criteria.
No, unfortunately all projects must apply for at least the minimum grant value. This is due to the administration required to manage a grant program as we are a small team and cannot process many smaller contracts. This may be reviewed in subsequent funding rounds.
You may be able to apply with project partners in a collaborative partnership to boost the size of your project and deliver even greater benefits than going solo. For example: implementing a waste reduction solution across multiple businesses or sites; engaging a materials efficiency assessment across multiple businesses in a supply chain.
The Fund is agnostic about different solutions and technologies that prevent waste. All applications will be assessed based on merit criteria. We have largely excluded waste management systems, including recycling, as this has been a focus of investment in Victoria for many years. CEBIC aims to prevent waste so that waste does not need to be recycled; CEBIC also aims to extend the duration and value of a product or material so it has a longer useful life before it is recycled. For materials not currently recyclable in Victoria, the Fund will support innovations in the recycling market that allow new, additional products and materials to be recycled.
No, as this would not prevent waste. An example of a similar project that could be supported is: replacing plastic milk bottles with glass bottles that are delivered full, collected when empty, and reused. In this model, the new delivery-and-collection service is an example of a ‘reuse’ model where the packaging (the bottle) is reused repeatedly without needing to be recycled.
Some examples are:
A lead applicant can be an individual business, charity, other not-for-profit, industry group or association or a consultancy.
The lead applicant will need to provide evidence of the partnership or alliance and must have entered into a collaborative partnership agreement before signing the funding agreement with Sustainability Victoria.
Yes, you can be a project partner in more than one funding application. You may not however receive funding for the same activities across multiple applications.
Please note: each application requires the resources and capabilities the lead applicant and each project partner will contribute to the project.
Applicants may be based in Victoria or in another state. We understand many organisations have national operations and that supply chains are both national and international. We cannot fund international organisations as we cannot complete due diligence on their business operations, but national organisations may apply for grants if at least 50% of the project activity and minimum project benefits are delivered in Victoria (where applicable).
The lead applicant and all project partners must have a current Australian Business Number (ABN).
Yes, this is considered “in-kind contribution”. For Stream 1, this can be up to 50% of your co-contribution. For Stream 2, it can be up to 10%.
No, a funding application can only include funding for one project. However, the project can include multiple elements.
Applicants cannot be awarded funding for the same project in more than one of Sustainability Victoria’s funding programs. Each funding program has different objectives, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria and any application should be specific to the funding program applied for.
If an applicant fits the criteria and meets the objectives for more than one funding program then they can apply, but Sustainability Victoria would not award funding from two programs for the same project.
There are multiple funding opportunities as part of the Recycling Victoria policy.
To be kept up to date on future funding rounds, or to find out more about eligibility, please visit Sustainability Victoria’s grants and funding webpage and register for grant updates.
The co-contribution can be provided by the lead applicant and/or project partners.
No. In this round of funds distribution, funding requests must be at the minimum amount specified.
The Fund will be open for up to three rounds or until the funding is fully subscribed or closed at the discretion of SV. The program’s merit criteria, eligibility, scope and budget allocation may vary from round to round.
No. See the sections 'What will be funded' and 'What will not be funded' in the 'Guidelines' tab above.
For this Fund, staff costs directly related to the project can be included in the total project costs.
See the 'Guidelines' tab above for a definition of Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTE) or the example budget table for further explanation.
No, if projects have received funding or support for the same activities from other sources – including projects that have been awarded funding by other Recycling Victoria programs administered by SV – then they are not eligible for funding. If a project is seeking funding for new activities not funded by other sources, these may be eligible.
Yes, consultancy fees are allowed as project activities. Additionally, a consultancy may apply as a lead applicant to support one or more businesses in identifying or implementing opportunities.
No. The funding is not targeted at a single or specific industry, product or material. Food waste is in scope as are any other types of product or material waste, for example electronics, furniture and textiles.
Staff costs directly associated with the project can be included as part of your in-kind co-contribution.
For Stream 1, the funding ratio is 2:1. This means SV will provide $2 for every $1 provided by the applicant.
For Stream 2, the funding ratio is 1:1, which means the applicant must match funding dollar for dollar to either meet or exceed the grant amount.
No. If your project does align with an international measurement and verification protocol, this may form part of your application and be submitted as evidence to support the impact of your proposed project. Please see ’Definitions’ in the Guidelines for details on specific terms used in the Fund.
This Fund is looking to support projects that will deliver significant benefits in Victoria. We understand these types of projects may be expensive and this is reflected in the value of the individual grants offered. As this is a competitive grant process, we will assess all applications for their merit and their value for money. We understand that sometimes a smaller project may have big impact.
For Stream 2 projects, grants over $500,000 must be for collaborative projects only and these projects could deliver benefits across multiple sites or businesses. We are seeking a spread of projects and locations (for example, metropolitan and regional locations) and this is outlined in our diversity criteria.
Grants Support RepresentativeSustainability Victoria