Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials (paper and cardboard, plastic, glass) grants

Funding is available for infrastructure projects (new infrastructure or upgrades) that:

  • increase the capacity and capability of Victoria’s resource recovery sector and/or
  • improve the quality of available materials for reprocessing and remanufacturing.

Key details

Local government authorities are now eligible for this funding grant and so expressions of interest (EOIs) have been extended by four weeks, closing 8 May 2020.

By extending the closing date of the EOI we are optimistic this will be beneficial to all stakeholders and the funding program.

  • February 2020 – Expressions of Interest (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)
  • implement and service the project in Victoria
  • meet or exceed the minimum co-contribution requirement for funding, maximising public value and return on investment in the industry
  • demonstrate why the project needs government support
  • demonstrate increased materials recovery and local reprocessing of paper and cardboard, glass and plastics or increase use of recovered materials in remanufacturing
  • agree to comply with SV’s funding agreement
  • agree to comply with SV’s Terms of Participation in a Grant Program
  • have a project that:
    • is not already completed
    • has not already commenced construction of infrastructure (NOTE: infrastructure equipment may be purchased prior to signing a funding agreement to accommodate shipping and delivery time and prevent delays in completing the project)
    • will be commissioned and operational by 30 March 2024.


  • Individuals, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations 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 reprocessing, remanufacturing and end-market capacity for mixed paper and cardboard, plastics and glass.

Infrastructure projects may include:

  • infrastructure and equipment for new facilities, upgrades or expansions to support greater sorting and decontamination of recovered priority materials: paper and cardboard, plastic and glass
  • infrastructure and equipment for new facilities, upgrades and expansion to enable reprocessing of materials to a higher quality suitable for manufacturers and end-markets
  • infrastructure and equipment for the remanufacturing of recovered priority materials into new products.

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.


  • February 2020 – EOI opens
  • 10 March 2020 – Information session
  • 3pm Friday 8 May 2020 – EOI closes
  • June 2020 – Notification of outcome
  • July 2020 – If EOI successful, invited to Stage 2 to submit business case
  • September 2020 – submissions of Stage 2 business case close
  • December 2020 – grant recipients announced
  • January 2021 – funding agreement established
  • March 2021 – projects commenced
  • 30 March 2024 – projects commissioned and operational

Note: this timeline is indicative only and may change.

Streams of funding

Funding is available only for infrastructure projects in the following material types.

Paper and cardboard

To support the construction of processing and remanufacturing facilities for recovered paper and cardboard in Victoria.


To support projects that increase Victoria’s capacity to process plastics.


To support projects that increase the recovery and reuse of glass.

Funding limits

Paper and cardboard

Up to 25% of total project capital cost, capped at $8 million per project.


Up to 25% of total project capital cost, capped at $3 million per project.


Up to 25% of total project capital cost, capped at $3 million per project.


All streams of funding require a co-contribution from the applicant. Your organisation must make a minimum co-contribution of $1: $3 ratio (Government: Applicant) towards the total project cost.

Your project can receive funding from other government sources (including federal, state or local). However, this funding cannot be included in your co-contribution.

Application process

These grants involve a two-stage application process:

  • Stage 1 is an Expression of Interest (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.

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 our information session.

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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