Waste education grants

Last updated: 12 February 2021

Improving resource recovery grants

Six regional and two metropolitan local governments will deliver innovative pilot projects to tackle contamination and resource recovery issues with funding and other support from SV’s 2017 Improving Resource Recovery Grants program.

The program provides grants of up to $8,500 to Victorian local governments who co-fund waste education and behaviour change projects relating to kerbside services for household and SMEs.

The grantees all developed their project ideas with the support of others in government, industry, community and the education sector at a two-day co-design forum in Melbourne in May. About 80 people participated in the event. View the video.

The local governments then had the opportunity to seek funding through the grant program to support delivery of these projects, which they will also co-fund.

The projects will be evaluated and the outcomes shared with other local governments. This information will then be incorporated into a knowledge bank developed as part of this program.

Improving Resource Recovery aims to address Strategic objective 3 of the Victorian Waste Education Strategy. SV’s waste education team delivers a number of grant and other programs to meet other objectives of the Strategy.

Litter and illegal dumping grants

Applications are now closed.

This grants program is a Victorian Government initiative aimed at funding projects to support land managers to address the issues of litter in coastal areas and waterways and the illegal dumping of waste. These two areas were identified as priorities for action at workshops held in mid-2016 to discuss the top five litter issues in Victoria as identified in Victoria’s Litter Report Card.

The top five issues are:

  1. Litter in coastal areas and waterways
  2. Illegal dumping
  3. Roadside litter
  4. Cigarette butt litter
  5. Plastic and microplastic litter (this issue was also identified as a priority and is addressed under a separate program).

This program is offering grants of up to $10,000 for land managers to implement projects focused on preventing and managing:

  • Littering in retail areas affecting waterways
  • Illegal dumping in green spaces.

The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process and applicants must match the funding on a 1:1 basis. Approved projects must be completed within 12 months of the funding agreement being signed.

Why is the Victorian Government providing this funding?

The Victorian Government recognises the critical role that waste education plays in improving resource recovery in Victoria and the need for a coordinated approach. To meet the current and future challenges in this area, SV developed the Victorian Waste Education Strategy 2016 (the Strategy), which acknowledges the shared responsibility of education and engagement for waste and resource recovery across state and local government, industry and other stakeholders.

The Strategy has a five-year action plan and six strategic directions to guide waste and resource recovery education and aligns with broader state government initiatives and activities that support delivery of the Statewide Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan.

This grants program seeks to deliver on Strategic Direction 4 of the Strategy: Reduce litter and illegal dumping, and the corresponding action below:

  • Take action on Victoria’s key statewide litter issues based on the Victoria's Litter Report Card

For more information on Victoria’s Litter Report Card and related litter initiatives view the Victorian Litter Plan.

Additional grant programs are currently open for projects addressing Strategic Directions 2 and 3.

Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Support Grants

The Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Support Grants aim to support delivery of Strategic Direction 2 of the Victorian Waste Education Strategy: to increase community awareness of waste and support and encourage waste avoidance.

The grants co-fund opportunities with local government, Waste and Resource Recovery Groups, community organisations and educational institutions to deliver tailored, local Love Food Hate Waste activities that will inform and empower their communities to reduce food waste.

Ten organisations and projects have been approved to be funded.