Grants and funding

Grants and funding

Pilot Community Power Hubs

The pilot Community Power Hubs (CPH) initiative aims to support Victorian communities to access the skills and expertise required to develop and deliver community-based renewable energy projects, characterised by local ownership, participation and benefit sharing. They will be hosted by a local not-for-profit or social enterprise organisation that work to co-ordinate and facilitate the development and expansion of community energy in a geographic area while helping to build capacity and skills.

The Victorian Government has committed over a two year period to develop and deliver CPH in three pilot locations across the state (Bendigo, Ballarat and the Latrobe Valley).

Grants of up to $110,000 a year over a period of two years are available for the delivery of each of the pilot Community Power Hubs.

For more information on this funding see Pilot Community Power Hubs


Waste Education Grants

The Waste Education Grants include three separate streams of funding.

  • Improving Resource Recovery: supporting waste education through behaviour change projects targeting contamination and resource recovery.
  • Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Support: supporting food waste avoidance activities.
  • Litter and Illegal Dumping: tackling state-wide litter issues.

For more information on this funding see Waste Education Grants


Social Impact Investment for Sustainability

The Victorian Government is supporting investment-ready social enterprises to create new jobs and training opportunities, respond to climate change, avoid and recover waste and improve resource efficiency in the Victorian community.

The program provides a combination of grant and low interest loan. Investment-ready social enterprises can apply for up to $200,000 as a combination grant and low interest (2.5%) loan to scale up (expand) their operations.

Funds returned through repaid loans will be reinvested in the program to support other social enterprises. The program will continue until the funding is fully subscribed.

Apply for Social Impact Investment for Sustainability support


SV Business – Boosting Productivity: Energy Assessment Grants

Sustainability Victoria is calling for applications to the Boosting Productivity energy assessment grants program for small and medium sized businesses.

Grants will be offered to eligible businesses with less than 200 full time employees, spending over $20,000 a year on energy, to enable them to carry out an energy assessment, and identify and implement energy improvements.

Funding is available to cover 50% of the cost of an energy assessment. Grants are offered at two levels: a basic energy assessment is up to $2,000 and a detailed energy assessment is up to $6,000, with a $3,000 assessment recommendation implementation bonus available to both grants.

Energy assessment grants are open until 28 September 2018, unless funds are exhausted earlier.

Apply for an energy assessment grant


Recently closed funding programs

Information on recently closed funding programs can be found below:


Previously allocated funding

Information on recently allocated funding can be found here.