Materials efficiency program

Maton Guitars workshop

The Boosting Productivity materials efficiency grants program is open to manufacturing businesses that have the potential to significantly improve materials efficiency and Sustainability Victoria is offering grants of up to $13,000 for businesses to improve the way they use their raw materials and resources while boosting productivity.

Applications for funding close at 5pm, Friday 28 September 2018, or when funds are fully allocated.

Who can benefit from the program?

We are calling for applications from all types and sizes of businesses across Victoria who are keen to implement materials efficiency upgrades to improve business productivity and reduce waste.

Recently, we have worked with a variety of businesses ranging from bakeries, food processors, large manufacturers and even businesses in the fashion industry optimise materials-use to reduce input and waste management costs.

How do I know if my business can benefit from a materials assessment?

Take a look at what your business throws away. This could be in the garbage, in a skip, down the drain or even in your recycling; wasted raw materials represent a considerable input cost to your business, even if it is recyclable. We have found, in some instances, the value of discarded materials is often up to 20 times the cost of waste disposal.

If you are still unsure, most materials assessments begin with an initial “bin trim” to help you identify the true value of waste to your business.

If your business is already engaging in a process or materials optimisation program, a Materials Efficiency grant can add value to your existing activities by finding opportunities that haven’t yet been identified or calculate the benefits of your optimisation program.

What are the benefits of improving materials efficiency?

Our industry-specific case studies show that improving materials efficiency leads to:

  • Reduced raw materials use
  • Reduced waste management costs
  • Improved labour efficiency
  • Reduced energy input
  • Lower unit-cost of production
  • Improved product quality
  • Improved employee safety and wellbeing outcomes

Maton Guitars

Watch the video to find out how Maton Guitars has adapted lean manufacturing principles to achieve materials efficiency gains.

What does the program provide?

This grant program provides matched funding assistance of up to $13,000 for Victorian businesses:

  • Up to $10,000 can be used for expert advice from a materials efficiency assessor (consultant)
  • Up to $3000 bonus incentive to implement materials efficiency solutions

The assessor will work with the business to tackle the root cause of the waste problem, understand the “true cost of waste” and develop a bespoke business case for investing in cost-effective solutions. The business will receive a report tailored to its individual needs and opportunities; SV also offer a sustainable finance facilitation service that can assist with covering the cost of upgrades.

How do I apply and what happens next?

As this is a non-competitive program, a Sustainable Business team adviser is available to guide you through the application process. Drop us an email at or call 1300 363 744.

How to apply

Step 1 - Fill in registration form

Fill in the Registration form to begin the application process. Sustainability Victoria will use the information you provide to check if your business is eligible.

Registration form for Materials Efficiency Grants

Step 2 - An advisor will contact you

You can select a trusted consultant that you’ve worked with before or we can help find a specialist that will work best with your business. A Sustainable Business advisor will contact you to discuss your eligibility and help you scope the assessment.

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Step 3 - Finalise your application

To progress your application, you will need to agree to our Terms of Participation in a Grants Program.

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Step 4 - Receive feedback on your application

Your Sustainable Business advisor will present you with a standard contract and our Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions. Once these are signed, we will make an up-front payment of 40 per cent the value of the grant.

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The balance of the grant is paid when the reports have been completed as per the agreement. Additionally, a bonus of up to $3000 is payable for the implementation of one-or-more of the actions identified.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744