Sustainable Infrastructure Fund – Information bulletin

This page contains updates on the Sustainable Infrastructure Fund.

Questions and answers

We have answered questions raised during our online information session or which are not addressed on the Sustainable Infrastructure Fund webpage.

Submitting an application

Can I include multiple sites in one grant application?

Yes, you can include multiple sites if all the infrastructure projects reside within the one municipality and you’re not requesting more than $300,000 from SV.

As an example, if you want to install the following infrastructure:

  • a building that that uses recycled rubber as a flooring component – Port Phillip Library, St Kilda
  • a boardwalk that uses a recycled decking – Elwood Beach, Elwood
  • public space seating that uses composite material containing plastic – St Kilda Pier, St Kilda.

All these projects would be eligible to be included in one grant application.

In the online application, under the section Project Location, there is the option to include multiple ‘project sites’ where you name the facility and address.

Can I submit multiple applications for different infrastructure projects?

Yes, eligible organisations can submit multiple applications for different infrastructure projects. Please note eligible applications will be assessed using a contested process against the merit criteria in the fund guidelines. SV may also adjust application rankings based on the following factors to achieve diversity of projects:

  • range of products containing recycled priority materials
  • asset type
  • geographical spread across Victorian regions.

Is it preferred to submit multiple applications for different sites, or one application with multiple sites?

This is a decision for the applicant, noting that the maximum amount of funding than can be requested per application is $300,000.

Please note that SV may also adjust application rankings based on the following factors to achieve diversity of projects:

  • range of products containing recycled priority materials
  • asset type
  • geographical spread across Victorian regions.

Do eligible applicants have to use providers from the Buy Recycled directory?

No, you do not need to use providers listed on the Buy Recycled Directory. This is not an exhaustive list of all suppliers of products containing recycled content. It is voluntary for suppliers to upload their relevant products. We encourage you to use this as a starting point in identifying products and suppliers; noting that you still will need to undertake your own due diligence with potential suppliers.

This platform continues to be open for new suppliers to be featured. We encourage you to share this with any relevant recycled content suppliers who may not be listed.

Will the fund support a project that has already gone out for tender, but not yet commenced?

Yes, if the project has not commenced, i.e purchased materials this would be eligible for SV funding.

Please note, requests for retrospective funding, where projects are already complete, or the activity to be funded by SV has already commenced (i.e. purchased materials) prior to signing a funding agreement with SV would be ineligible for funding. A defined component or next stage of a current, longer term project would be eligible for funding.

Can we submit different project ideas under different rounds?

Applications will only be assessed under the round they are submitted. If you were to apply for future rounds, you can submit applications for different projects. Please note, the Fund will be open up to three rounds or until funding is fully subscribed or closed at the discretion of SV.

If an application is unsuccessful for funding under Round 1, do eligible organisations need to re-submit the application under Round 2?

An unsuccessful application will need to be resubmitted under a new round of the Fund. Please note, the Fund will be open up to three rounds or until funding is fully subscribed or closed at the discretion of SV.

Is the application form available as a PDF?

Yes. Please visit – Sustainable Infrastructure Fund – Round 1.

You will find a link under the title page ‘Download preview form.’ You can access the application form, without creating a SmartyGrants account. All Sustainable Infrastructure Fund applications must be submitted via SmartyGrants.

Can SV provide feedback on my proposed project or product that will be used?

No, this being a competitive process, we are unable to review a draft or provide feedback on the potential merit of a project.

We encourage applicants to consider and address how the project meets the eligibility criteria, and to describe how the project addresses the merit criteria outlined in the fund guidelines and application form.

Can an external organisation submit on behalf of a council or alpine resort board?

No, applications must be submitted by either a local government authority or an alpine resort management board.

Funding and co-contribution requirements

Is the total funding $2.6M per round, or the total for the three rounds combined; and is it possible that round 1 is oversubscribed?

The $2.6 million is the total funding available across the three rounds. This amount is available for up to three rounds or until the funding is fully subscribed or closed at the discretion of SV. It is a possibility that the total program budget of $2.6 million could be fully allocated in round 1; if the assessment panel recommend projects to the value of $2.6 million.

My organisation received funding from the Federal government for community infrastructure, can this be used as a co-contribution requirement?

Yes, if your organisation has received grant funding from state or federal governments you can use this as your financial co-contribution, if the project schedule aligns with this fund’s requirements.

Please note, completed projects or SV funded activities that have already commenced (i.e purchased materials) prior to signing a funding agreement will not be funded.

As an example, if your organisation received funding through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program you can you use this grant funding as your 1:1 financial (cash) contribution.

Can the amount requested from SV be used for the total project cost or only for the recycled product component of the project?

The amount requested from SV can used for the following project costs:

  • product or material procurement (this can include virgin products or materials)
  • installation costs (for example machinery hire, additional external labour resources).

Please note, two objectives of this fund that informs the assessment criteria are:

  • use products made from recycled priority materials in infrastructure projects
  • increase consumption of recycled priority materials.

Will you consider funding projects requesting less than $50,000?

No, Round 1 will not accept funding requests below $50,000.

The Fund will be open for up to three rounds or until the funding is fully subscribed or closed at the discretion of SV. The program’s merit-criteria, eligibility scope and budget allocation may vary from round to round.

Can the costs for contractor’s who will be engaged in construction of the infrastructure (asset) be covered by SV funding?

Yes, SV funding can be used for the following project costs:

  • product or material procurement
  • installation costs (for example machinery hire, additional external labour resources, such as contractor costs).

Can SV funding be used for R&D?

No, this program does not fund product testing or development (R&D). Refer to What will not be considered for funding? in the guidelines which includes, research and development; including life-cycle analysis.

SV requested funding can only be used for the following project costs:

  • product or material procurement
  • installation costs (for example machinery hire, additional external labour resources, such as contractor).

Your organisations financial co-contributions may include:

  • any costs associated with the construction/installation of a new asset or a renewal, expansion or upgrade of existing assets
  • procurement of materials and/ or products
  • funding for infrastructure activities from other government sources, including federal and state.

In-kind contribution may include (up to 20%):

  • salaries paid by the applicants for their employees' time allocated or directly related to delivering the project
  • donated goods or services related to the infrastructure project.

Recycled priority materials and infrastructure

Is there a minimum requirement for recycled content to be included per product or in the overall project?

No, there is no minimum percentage of recycled content to be included in the product (s) or overall infrastructure project you choose to implement. However, please note that projects are assessed against the merit criteria, with a key objective under the What (50%), increase consumption of recycled priority materials.

Can we apply for this fund for existing projects if the scope is changed to use recycled materials?

Yes, if the project meets the eligibility criteria of the fund and you are seeking SV funding for a defined component or next stage of a current, longer term project. Requests for retrospective funding, where projects are already complete, or the activity to be funded by SV has already commenced (i.e. purchased materials) prior to signing a funding agreement with SV would not be eligible for funding.

Is there a preference over funding a new asset or the renewal of an existing asset? Will funding be awarded equally across new and renewal projects?

No, applications will be assessed against the weighted merit criteria published in the fund guidelines.

Please note that SV may also adjust application rankings based on the following factors to achieve diversity of projects:

  • range of products containing recycled priority materials
  • asset type
  • geographical spread across Victorian regions.

Is there a preference for recycled priority materials? Will funding be awarded equally across each recycled priority material?

No applications will be assessed against the weighted merit criteria published in the fund guidelines. Please see previous question and response for further details.

Does the SIF only fund "recycled materials" as stated in the guidelines or does it also encourage reuse of other products and materials such as 100% reclaimed asphalt in road renewals?

The infrastructure project could include reclaimed asphalt; however, it must include one or more of the recycled priority materials:

  • glass
  • paper and cardboard
  • plastics
  • rubber.

Are road constructions projects using crushed concrete eligible for funding?

Yes, roads are an eligible asset under this program. The infrastructure project could include crushed concrete; however, it must include one or more of the recycled priority materials:

  • glass
  • paper and cardboard
  • plastics
  • rubber.

Does the SIF assessment criteria factor in the end of life management of the recycled-content product (s)?

We recommend you enquire with your potential product suppliers, if they have information on the end of life recyclability. Some products listed on the Buy Recycled Directory, provide details on end of life management. You can find this under product listings under the field “Is the product recyclable at the end of its life?”

Timelines

What is the time frame for notification of outcome and signing of SV funding agreements?

SV are working to provide an outcome of notification within 60 days from the closing date.

*Please note: these timelines are indicative only and may change.

Applications must be submitted by 3pm on the closing date.

Late applications will not be accepted.

SV funding agreements must be signed within 30 days of notification of outcome.

All projects must be completed within 12 months of signing the SV funding agreement.

Do all projects need to be completed within 12 months from each round date?

Funded project must be completed within 12 months of signing the SV funding agreement.

Will there be future rounds of RD&D funding? If so, what is the likely timing?

Yes, future R&D funding is planned, timelines are to be confirmed. To keep up to date on future grants please register your contact details at Grants and funding.

Other

Can SV send a list of companies from the Buy Recycled directory that include recycled priority materials (paper, glass, rubber or plastics) to councils and alpine resort boards?

No, the Buy Recycled Directory has an option to filter by material.

Visit the page – Find a supplier – and select the option to ‘Filter by material.’

How do prospective suppliers connect with councils that are interested in applying?

Our recommendation is to ensure your business has been added to the Buy Recycled Directory, which is published on the Sustainable Infrastructure Fund webpage.

SV cannot recommend or promote individual businesses to applicants.

Is there a way to request the carbon footprint of products using recycled materials?

We recommend you enquire with your potential product suppliers, if they have information on the carbon footprint of their product or have undertaken a life cycle analysis.

Is there a requirement to ensure that the content is Australian sourced and manufactured?

This is not a requirement of the fund, however questions that applicants may want to ask a product or material supplier include:

  • Where do you source your recycled materials?
  • Does the material or product meet any current standards or specifications?
  • What accreditations or certifications does the material or product hold?
  • What product testing and analysis data do you have available?

Is the grant available to build a new facility to produce recyclable products or purchase machinery to produce recycled products?

No. SV administers the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund (RVIF). This fund is currently closed, to be kept up to date on future funding rounds, please visit Sustainability Victoria’s grants and funding webpage and register for grant updates.

Will SV administer the Recycling Modernisation Fund on behalf of Fed Environment Dept? When will related processes be formalised?

The Recycling Modernisation Fund is an Australian Government initiative that will invest over $190 million to expand Australia’s capacity to sort, process and remanufacture recycled materials such as mixed plastic, paper, tyres and glass, assisting Australia to respond to the waste export ban. This funding will be distributed by state and territory governments.

See further information about this fund.

Funding allocated to Victoria from the Recycling Modernisation Fund will be delivered via the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund (RVIF). Sustainability Victoria is currently planning how state funding can be considered for co-investment with industry and this federal funding.

To be kept up to date on future funding rounds, or to find out more about eligibility, please visit Sustainability Victoria’s grants and funding webpage and register for grant updates.

 

Sustainable Infrastructure Fund

Online information session

10 September 2020

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Grants Support Representative

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au