Grants and funding

Advanced Organics Processing Technology Grants

Applications for this funding program have now closed 

The Advanced Organics Processing Technology Grants program supports the installation of small scale onsite or precinct scale anaerobic digestion (AD) technology for processing of organic waste in Victoria.

The recovery and reprocessing of food waste in the commercial and industrial sector presents a significant opportunity for waste and resource recovery. In 2011-12, over 280,000 tonnes of food waste was generated by the commercial and industrial sector with only 10% recycled.

The grants program is targeted towards food manufacturers, local government and other small to medium sized businesses that produce organic waste onsite and have an anaerobic digestion solution well developed but not yet investment ready. 

The program supports the development of pilot projects that can be easily replicated at other sites and can demonstrate the potential of AD technology as a viable method of organics recovery and processing.  Funded projects will be used as demonstration sites and grant recipients will be expected to deliver site tours and take part in the development of case studies to encourage the uptake of AD technology at other sites.

Successful applicants will be eligible to claim up to $150,000 (conditional on co-contribution of $1 SV: $2 industry or $1 SV: $1 for local government) for existing opportunities that meet the eligibility criteria.

The grant process involves two stages - an Expression of Interest (EOI), followed by a business case assessment process. Approved projects must be completed within 12 months of the funding agreement being signed.

Applications closed at 3.00 pm, 21 March 2016.

Application guidelines and supporting documentation

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Grant guidelines and expression of interest form

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Terms and conditions for Sustainability Victoria’s Funding agreements

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Terms of Participation in Grant Programs

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Frequently asked questions

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Guide to Best Practice Organics Recovery

Refer to this guide for information on key aspects of organics recovery including details on anaerobic digestion and on-site organic waste management.

Supporting documentation - Word versions

Note these versions of the documentation are supplied for accessibility. If you are able to use the pdf versions provided above, please do so.

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Grant guidelines and expression of interest form

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Terms of Participation in Grant Programs

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Frequently asked questions

Relevant EPA links

EPA position on commercial food waste 

EPA Energy from Waste Guidelines 

Refer to these publications for information to ensure your projects meets EPA requirements.

More information

Please email grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au and quote the “Advanced Organics Processing Technology – EOI” in the subject line or phone 1300 363 744 and ask to speak to a grants support representative.