The Circular Economy Communities Fund supports community-based projects that empower the community to reduce waste.
Prior to 1 July 2022, this fund was named the Recycling Victoria Communities Fund.
The Circular Economy Communities Fund will support local community initiatives that engage the community in local solutions for low-waste living. The initiatives need to deliver one or more of the following objectives:
These grants are part of the Recycling Victoria policy funding.
Applications close at 3:00 pm on Friday 19 March. The SmartyGrants application portal will also close at 3:00 pm on this date, and we are unable to accept late applications. Late applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Read about late submissions.
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To apply, you must:
Your community-based project must boost Victoria’s economy through circular economy initiatives that reduce at least one of the following:
Projects must meet the following requirements:
You are encouraged to form collaborative relationships with other organisations to support the delivery of your project and maximise its impact in the community.
Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.
Dates are subject to change.
Applications open: 3:00 pm, 8 January 2021
Applications close: 3:00 pm, 19 March 2021
Notification of outcome: Applicants will be notified in June 2021.
Funded project completion:
Australia has one of the largest material footprints in the world at 35 tonnes per person. That’s 10 tonnes (or 40%) higher than the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and Chile.
While Victorians are committed recyclers, we need to think beyond what we put in our bins. We need to start to focus on what we buy, reuse and repair.
Every purchase we make can affect our environment. In a circular economy, we choose goods and services that use fewer resources. We reuse, repair, share and loan the things we already have. We buy second-hand. We buy products that are durable, repairable, recyclable or made from recycled materials.
These practices will:
Circular economy practices are increasing, but it can be difficult for people to understand the environmental impacts of their purchases. We need greater awareness, information and access to alternative purchasing options to help Victorians make this change.
To support the transition, the Victorian Government released the Recycling Victoria policy in February 2020. By 2030, the policy aims to reduce:
The policy allocated funding to support Victorian communities to transition to circular economy practices. This grant aims to support local community groups, social enterprises, charities and not-for-profit organisations to reduce waste and improve recycling, through repair cafes and product-sharing schemes. Initiatives to tackle litter and illegal dumping will also be supported.
Read the Recycling Victoria policy.