Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Hazardous waste (solvents) grants

Funding is available for infrastructure projects that can improve the recycling of solvents from liquid hazardous waste.

Grants are available to support businesses to implement eligible projects up to 25% total project capital cost, capped at $6 million per project. 

Key details

Expressions of interest (EOIs) have been extended by four weeks and will now close on 8 May 2020. By extending the closing date of the EOI we are optimistic this will be beneficial to stakeholders and the funding program.

  • February 2020 – EOI opens 
  • Tuesday 10 March 2020 – Information session webinar
  • 3pm Friday 8 May 2020 – EOI closes
  • 30 March 2024 – Projects commissioned and operational.

Who is eligible

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be located in Victoria and service the Victorian market
  • co-contribute funding – every $1 of funding from this grant is to be matched or exceeded by a $3 co-contribution. Your project can receive funding from other government sources (including federal, state or local). However, this funding cannot be included in your co-contribution. 
  • demonstrate why government support is needed
  • propose a project that will demonstrate the potential to increase the volume of solvents recycled from liquid hazardous wastes
  • demonstrate a history of delivering and operating infrastructure at a similar or greater scale
  • comply with SV’s funding agreements
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in a Grant Program
  • have a project that:
    • is not already completed
    • has not commenced construction of infrastructure (infrastructure equipment may be purchased prior to signing a funding agreement to accommodate shipping and delivery time and prevent delays in completing the project)
    • can be commissioned and operational by the 30 March 2024.


  • Individuals, social enterprises, not-for-profit organisations and local governments are not eligible for funding.
  • The Victorian Government is committed to supporting new entrants, including international businesses, who want to invest in the resource recovery and remanufacturing sectors, providing they can meet the eligibility and assessment criteria of the Guidelines. Sustainability Victoria welcomes interest from any business wishing to enter the market and invest in new reprocessing and remanufacturing infrastructure in the State. If you wish to discuss the eligibility criteria and understand the available pathways, please enquire via email to

Projects that may be funded

Grants will be provided for infrastructure projects focused on recycling solvents from liquid hazardous wastes, including the management of associated secondary wastes.

Infrastructure projects may include:

  • infrastructure capital costs for the purchase, installation and commissioning of equipment
  • pre-construction activities such as site clearing, earthworks or site accessibility works directly associated with the installation of new equipment
  • construction or modification of buildings to house new equipment.

Note: you may submit more than one application, however each application must meet the eligibility criteria and the project must demonstrate how it addresses the merit criteria and objectives of the program.

Read our responses to interested parties who asked questions not addressed on this page or in the Guidelines.

Application process

This grant involves a two-stage application process:

  • Stage 1 is an EOI and is a competitive merit-based assessment process to shortlist suitable applicants.
  • Stage 2 is by invitation to applicants shortlisted from Stage 1 to submit a full application and business case.
    Further details regarding Stage 2 will be provided to successful Stage 1 applicants.


  • February 2020 – EOI opens
  • 10 March 2020 – information session (register below)
  • 3pm Friday 8 May 2020 – EOI closes
  • June 2020 – notification of outcome
  • July 2020 – shortlisted EOI applicants will be invited to Stage 2 to submit a business case
  • September 2020 – submissions of Stage 2 business case close
  • December 2020 – grant recipients announced
  • January 2021 – funding agreements established
  • March 2021 – projects commenced
  • 30 March 2024 – projects commissioned and operational

Note: this timeline is indicative only and may change.

Register your interest

Complete the following form. You will then receive an email with instructions and attachments to complete your EOI. You will also receive details about an information session.

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Victoria requires hazardous waste infrastructure which can safely manage the current and projected volumes of hazardous waste.

There is an estimated 15,000–29,000 tonnes per annum of liquid hazardous wastes containing recyclable solvent that needs to be managed in Victoria. Currently there is limited capacity to recycle these solvents

This funding will support the establishment of recycling infrastructure to viably increase the recycling of solvents for use in the Victorian economy.

Need help with the application process and guidelines?

Note: being a competitive process, we are unable to review a draft or provide feedback on the potential merit of a project.

Grants Support Representative
Sustainability Victoria