Stream 2: Collaborative Innovation focuses on preventing waste from multiple organisations in a specific supply chain, sector or region.
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$1:$1 (SV:Applicant). Co-contributions can be either financial (cash) or In-kind. At least 20% of the Co-contribution must be cash contribution.
For round 2, the Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund (the fund) aims to support Circular economy projects that design out waste to improve environmental and economic outcomes for Victoria.
The fund is distributed through 2 streams:
The projects must:
This grant is part of the Recycling Victoria policy funding.
This grant closed on 15 November 2021. View the fund recipients.
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In a Circular economy, a resource lifecycle includes 3 key phases: make, use and recycle.
The project must explore, test or demonstrate solutions in the make phase or the use phase of the lifecycle. It must prevent waste by design.
Refers to the design, production and distribution of products or services.
The project should be about designing materials, products or services to prevent waste.
Examples of activities that can be done in a project:
Refers to the consumption or use of goods and services.
The project should be about keeping materials and products in their original state for as long as possible.
Examples of activities that can be done in a project:
The project must deliver at least 2 of these outcomes:
Each project can receive a grant between $150,000 and $250,000.
The Lead Applicant and Collaborative Partners must together contribute at least $1 for every $1 funded (1:1 Co-contribution).
Co-contributions can be either financial (cash) or In-kind. At least 20% of the Co-contribution must be cash contribution.
Other grants cannot be used for Co-contribution.
The application must be made by at least 4 organisations. In such a group application (known as ‘Collaborative Partnership’), the main organisation responsible for delivering the project is the Lead Applicant, and the others are the Collaborative Partners.
The application must have one Lead Applicant.The Lead Applicant must be from one of the following groups:
The Lead Applicant must:
Collaborative Partner(s)The application must have at least 3 Collaborative Partners. Related Entities of the Lead Applicant will not count towards the minimum Collaborative Partner requirement. The Collaborative Partner must be from one of the following groups:
The Collaborative Partner(s) must:
Each Collaborative Partner must provide a letter of support (or equivalent) that is signed by an authorised representative. It should detail:
The Collaborative Partnership needs to be demonstrated by a formal agreement, such as a memorandum of understanding or equivalent. The agreement must be in place before the project commences.
We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. Sustainability Victoria manages several grants. Although you can apply for more than one grant for a project, you can only receive one grant. If you’ve already applied for a Sustainability Victoria grant and now find this grant is more relevant or suitable, you can withdraw your application by emailing us.
Refer to Section 2.1 for who can apply.Organisations from these groups can participate as a Collaborative Partner but not as a Lead Applicant:
The project must focus on:
The Innovation could be a:
The project must also:
Project activities can include:
The following project costs are eligible for funding:
You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.
Funding will not be provided for projects that focus on:
These projects will also not be funded:
The following project costs are ineligible for funding:
The assessment panel will assess the application based on merit according to the criteria below.
Describe what you are going to do and what outcomes it will create, including demonstrating:
Demonstrate that the Lead Applicant and Collaborative Partner(s) have the ability to deliver the project in terms of capability (skills) and capacity (resources), including:
Demonstrate how the project is feasible and commercial, including identifying:
Sustainability Victoria may overlay rankings to achieve an overall mix of projects that represent:
A risk-based approach will be used to assess the Lead Applicant’s social, economic and environmental risks in relation to the project. This assessment will include the Applicant’s Related Entities and may include Collaborative Partners. (see Section 9: Program definitions).
Lead Applicants (and their Related Entities and, if applicable, their Collaborative Partners) must:
Assessment of satisfactory level of risk will include but not be limited to Sustainability Victoria’s consideration of:
Sustainability Victoria may conduct due diligence checks on the Collaborative Partners involved in the delivery of the project. The Lead Applicant must ensure that any Collaborative Partners agree to cooperate with this requirement and will provide information at SV’s request.
Sustainability Victoria reserves the right not to award funding to Lead Applicants where the due diligence risk (including that of Collaborative Partners) is unsatisfactory or not able to be managed.
Successful applicants approved for funding must do the following.
Dates may change.
We will provide applicants with updates as much as possible and when necessary.Applications open: Wednesday 6 October 2021Information session: Thursday 21 October 2021Applications close: Monday 15 November 2021Announcement of outcomes: March 2022 Funding agreements established and projects commenced: Within 3 months of announcement of successful projects. The start date can be discussed at the point of establishing funding agreements. Project completed by: October 2023
Before applying, we recommend you attend an information session.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
There will be an online information session. A recording will be available after the session.
We cannot review drafts or provide feedback.
Phone: +61 3 8656 6757 Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In the subject line, use the grant name: RV Innovation Fund.
This fund is part of the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria policy whose targets include reducing total waste generation by 15% per capita by 2030.
Action 1.1 of the policy is to deliver the Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre (CEBIC), which fosters business innovation and collaboration across supply chains to reduce waste, increase reuse and generate new streams of revenue for businesses. This fund is part of CEBIC’s programs.
CEBIC is focused on one of the policy's goals: design to last, repair and recycle. It seeks to generate less waste in businesses through innovation and design. Hence, this fund supports projects that design out waste from the make and use phases of Victoria’s resource flows.
One of CEBIC’s core functions is to share research, market intelligence and best-practice insights. The requirement to provide a publishable version of all written project outputs for sharing publicly is intended to enable the outcomes of the funded projects to be disseminated through CEBIC.
Collaboration has been recognised as a fundamental part of the transition to a more circular economy. This was a common theme during consultation undertaken during the development of CEBIC. This fund has been designed to support collaboration. Other funding programs enable individual organisations to apply for funding.
BusinessA commercial enterprise seeking to generate profit through its activities, including Social Enterprises.Circular economyThe Recycling Victoria policy describes a circular economy as:“A circular economy continually seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption, while enabling economic growth through more productive use of natural resources.It allows us to avoid waste with good design and effective recovery of materials that can be reused.It promotes more efficient business models that encourage intense and efficient product use, such as sharing products between multiple users, or supplying a product as a service that includes maintenance, repair and disposal.The value people obtain from the resources used to create goods and services increases.It transforms our linear economy mindset—take, use and throw away—and fosters Innovation and productivity that invigorates existing businesses and creates new ones, delivering more jobs and more growth for local, regional, state and global economies.”
CharityA Charity is an organisation that is not-for-profit and has only charitable purposes that are for the public benefit.A Charity must not be an individual, political party or government entity, and must be registered on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Charity Register.
Circular products and servicesThose that align with the principles of a circular economy:
Co-contributionThe required cash or In-kind Contribution to the total project income, made by the Lead Applicant and the Collaborative Partner(s)
Collaborative Partner/sAn organisation/s in a Collaborative Partnership with a Lead Applicant that has a critical role in the project and a formal commitment to delivering the support required to ensure the project’s success.
Collaborative Partnership A relationship established between a Lead Applicant and Collaborative Partner/s for the purposes of meeting common project objectives and outcomes. Collaborative Partnerships need to be demonstrated by a formal agreement between the partners that outlines the governance, financial and intellectual property arrangements and roles and responsibilities of each party. A formal agreement must either be in place or be finalised before commencement of the project.
Direct JobsActual new full-time positions created by your project. This can include training or upskilling of employees who would otherwise be made redundant through the implementation of your project.
Environmental, Safety or Workplace BreachAn environmental or safety breach is any past or current prosecution, reportable incident, investigation, notice, penalty, warning, regulatory intervention or enforcement action from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe) or Fair Work or failure to comply with any environmental, safety and Workplace Laws.Environmental and Safety LawsEnvironmental and safety laws are the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, Environment Protection Act 2017 or any other legislation, regulation, order, statute, by-law, ordinance or any other legislative or regulatory measure, code, standard or requirement relating to the protection and safety of persons or property or which regulate the environment including laws relating to land use planning, pollution of air or water, soil or groundwater contamination, chemicals, waste, the use, handling, storage or transport of dangerous goods or substances, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon trading, or any other aspect of protection of the environment.
Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTE)The hours worked by one employee on a full-time basis.
Calculating FTEThe calculation is used to convert the hours worked by several part-time employees into the hours worked by Full-Time Employees. For example, you have three employees working the following – 40, 40 and 20 hours per week, giving you 100 hours per week in total. Assuming full-time hours are 40 hours per week, your full-time equivalent calculation is 100 hours divided by 40 hours which equals 2.5 FTE.
Industry Groups and AssociationsAn industry peak body, representative industry association or group, or an industry-owned Rural Research and Development Corporation (industry-owned companies).
An In-kind Contribution is a contribution of a good or a service other than cash.
In-kind Contributions should include the cost for activities that are directly related to delivering your project. Examples include:
The following activities cannot be considered as In-kind Contributions:
Applicants must fairly justify how they determined the dollar value for In-kind Contributions.
InnovationAn Innovation is something new, different, or better, that creates value. It may be the first of its kind, inspired by others’ solutions, or copied. For this grant program, it must not have been done before in Victoria.
Lead Applicant The listed applicant for the purposes of a Collaborative Partnership. The Lead Applicant will be responsible for all details in the submission of an application and the contractual obligations under the funding agreement with Sustainability Victoria if successful for grant funding. The Lead Applicant is also responsible for managing the project outcomes and deliverables of the Collaborative Partnership.
Other Not-for-profit OrganisationAn organisation that provides services to the community and does not seek to generate profit through its activities (either direct or indirect). For the purposes of this grant program, the definition of Other Not-for-profit Organisation does not include a Charity or an Industry Group.
Related EntitiesEntities which are related to the Lead Applicant, including:
Research InstitutionA Research Institution can be a tertiary education institution, a government agency established for the purpose of research, a Cooperative Research Centre, an Institute or Centre for Research or a privately owned and accredited research facility. Consultancies are not considered to be Research Institutions for the purpose of this grants program.
A Social Enterprise is a business that trades to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment.
A Social Enterprise is considered an Individual Business for the purposes of this grants program.
Related Person/sRelated Person means a director, officer, employee, agent, board member or contractor of the Applicant or a Related Entity.
Workplace LawsWorkplace Laws are the Fair Work Act 2009, or any other legislation, regulation order, statute, by-law, ordinance or any other legislative or regulatory measure, code, standard or requirement relating to the provision of fair, relevant and enforceable minimum terms and conditions for all persons and to prevent discrimination against employees.
When emailingIn the subject line, use the grant name: RV Innovation Fund.