Circular Economy Household Education Fund: Information bulletin

Last updated: 15 September 2022
Prior to 1 July 2022, this fund was named the Recycling Victoria Household Education and Behaviour Change Fund.

This page will be updated regularly based on questions we receive.

Information session

We held an information session to present an overview of the fund and application criteria.


Below you will find the questions we have received from interested parties and our responses.

We have only listed questions and answers that are not addressed in the program guidelines.


Are there set dates for the project milestones or are they flexible depending on our project timelines?

The project milestones will be based on the information in your application and will be outlined in the Funding Agreement. Before you sign the agreement, there will be an opportunity to review and discuss them.

Eligibility expenditure

I am introducing glass and food and garden organics (FOGO) services at the same time. Can I use the grant for both?

Yes. The grant can be used to deliver a local campaign introducing one or more of the new household recycling services. The campaign materials are designed to be adapted to various household waste and recycling services, included 4-stream services. If you are introducing a 4-stream service, you would focus on all the changes and use the grant to educate the community about the whole system.

Can I use the funding for monitoring and evaluation activities, such as surveys? Can I use the funding to deliver face-to-face workshops? Can I use the funding to cover mail-out costs?

Yes to all. See the guidelines for what will and will not be funded.

Campaign materials

What are the differences between Phase 1 and Phase 2 campaign materials? What materials will be available in each phase and when will they be available?

Phase 1 materials

  • They support councils transitioning their services over the next 9 months.
  • They are based on previous Sustainability Victoria campaigns. You can find examples of these materials in the Campaign Guide (use the link in your SmartyGrants application form).
  • Some are available from end-May 2021, and others from July 2021.

Phase 2 materials

  • The range of material types (for example, letter to residents, bin stickers) is the same as that available in Phase 1. More may be available.
  • These are based on the new campaign concept that was developed in consultation with our stakeholders.
  • These will be available in 2022.

Will the campaign materials be available to use without applying for a grant?

Yes, all councils and ARMBs can use the materials. You do not have to apply for a grant to do so.

Some Phase 1 materials are available from end-May 2021, and others from July 2021. Phase 2 materials are available in 2022.

These are available upon request. To request for them, please email us.


Regarding ‘the number of properties to be reached’, does this include non-residential properties, such as commercial properties or land currently vacant?

No. Only include residential population and properties, as defined in the application form. Do not include commercial properties or land currently vacant.

Can I download and save the application form to keep a record of my application? Or can I download the Round 1 application form to prepare now for Round 2?

Yes, you can save your application form. Some questions will not display in the preview mode due to the form layout.

If you’re in the middle of your application

  1. Go to the menu on the left side of the page, Form Navigation.
  2. Click on Review and submit. On the page, click on Download PDF. You do not have to submit your application at this point.
  3. Save the file to your desktop.

If you’ve submitted your application

  1. Go to the top of your SmartyGrants account page. Click on the tab My Submissions.
  2. On the page My Submissions, select your grant application.
  3. On the page Form submitted, click on the button Download PDF.
  4. Save the file to your desktop.

If you want to download a blank copy of the application form

  1. Go to the top of the fund page.
  2. Go to Download preview form.
  3. The application form may change for Round 2.


We are staggering the introduction of our new services. When should we apply for a grant?

You can only receive one grant under the Fund and your project must be completed within 3 years. You will need to consider which service introduction would present the most recycling behaviour challenges and which would benefit from the added financial support.

I already have a 4-stream household recycling service, when should I apply for a grant?

If you have already delivered a 4-stream household recycling service, you can apply for a grant in any of the funding rounds. You must use the Phase 2 campaign materials available early-mid 2022. You should determine which funding round to apply for based on opportunities for improvement in your services. For example, reducing contamination or targeting specific behaviour change challenges identified.

When are the future funding rounds and what is the timeframe for each?

There are plans to have 3 more funding rounds in future. These are indicative dates that are subject to change.

  • Round 2 opens in 2022. Projects should start before 30 June 2024, and end by 30 June 2025.
  • Round 3 opens in 2023. Projects should start before 30 June 2025, and end by 30 June 2026.
  • Round 4 opens in 2024. Projects should start before 30 June 2026, and end by 30 June 2027.

The projects must be completed within 3 years of signing the funding agreement.

We understand that councils and alpine resort management boards (ARMBs) are rolling out the new household recycling services at different times. We will plan the timing of the funding rounds so that every council and ARMB has an opportunity to apply for the fund.

Other questions

How will the statewide campaign be different from the local campaign? Will the statewide advertising say everyone is getting a glass or FOGO service?

Statewide campaign

This provides a high-level focus on correct recycling behaviours and reducing contamination (this is before the standardised bin content lists are released).

In phase 2, the messages will also focus on the big picture, for example, a message could be, ‘Changes to your recycling service are coming’. They will also encourage residents to check with their local government about the latest details.

Local campaign

Councils and ARMBs will communicate directly with residents about the changes that are locally relevant, for example, the date when a new service is rolled out in a neighbourhood.