This Fund supports the diversion of organic waste from landfill and the enhancement of end markets for recycled organics across the agricultural sector.
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If the application is awarded Sustainability Victoria funding and Australian Government funding: $1: $1: $1 (SV:Australian Government:Applicant).
If an application is not awarded Australian Government funding, Sustainability Victoria may consider funding the project on a minimum 1:1 (SV:Applicant).
The Circular Economy Organics Sector Transformation Fund (the Fund) supports the diversion of organic waste from landfill and the enhancement of end markets for recycled organics across the agricultural sector.
$10.2 million is currently available under round 1 for organic processing businesses to develop new or enhance existing organic processing infrastructure to improve product quality or increase capacity.
Through this fund, applicants will also be considered for additional support from Australian Government's Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund. Sustainability Victoria will assess and select applicants through a competitive and merit-based process to be considered for the Australian Government’s Fund. Sustainability Victoria will be responsible for submitting the application on behalf of the applicant.
Sustainability Victoria and Australian Government funding will need to be at least matched by the Applicant on a minimum 1:1:1 basis.
Future funding will be available to support the growth of recycled organic end markets to use the increased supply of better-quality products; it will open in 2022.
For the purposes of this grant program the term ‘organics’ or ‘organic’ refers to organic waste diverted from landfill.
This grant is part of the Recycling Victoria Policy funding.
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The Fund’s objectives are to:
This will be achieved by funding projects that build new or enhance existing organic processing infrastructure:
Applicants must meet these minimum cash-contribution ratios.
If the application is awarded the Sustainability Victoria Fund and Australian Government funding: $1: $1: $1 ($1 from the applicant, $1 from Sustainability Victoria and $1 from the Australian Government)
If an application is not awarded Australian Government funding, Sustainability Victoria may consider funding the project on a minimum 1:1 ratio.
Co-contributions must be financial (cash). In-kind contributions cannot be included in your co-contribution.
Funding from other government sources cannot be included in your co-contribution.
Eligible organisations are:
Eligible organisations must be able to confirm that their proposed project diverts organic waste that would otherwise go to landfill and also produces outputs that can be safely used on soils.
Applicants can establish collaborative relationships with other organisations as required to support project delivery and maximise the project’s impact. Applicants will need to clarify the nature of its relationships with other organisations and demonstrate their commitments to the project. These other organisations will be considered as Project Partners.
Sustainability Victoria manages several grant programs. Although you can apply for more than one grant for a project, you can only receive one grant per project. If you’ve already applied for a Sustainability Victoria grant and now find this grant is more relevant or suitable for your project, you can withdraw your application by emailing us.
Applicants (including other project participants) are ineligible for funding if they:
Applications must be:
Eligible recycled organic processing infrastructure include:
Special conditions apply to Australian Government-funded projects where the funding is for construction or building work and the Australian Government funding is at least $10 million. You and your subcontractors will need to comply with the Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016.
You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.
Projects are ineligible for funding if they:
The following costs are ineligible for funding:
The assessment panel will assess the application based on merit according to the criteria below.
Describe how your project will deliver on the purpose of the fund and any of the objectives.
Demonstrate how your project will:
Demonstrate how your project is viable in terms of:
Demonstrate capability and capacity to successfully deliver the project, including:
Demonstrate why the project is needed in terms of the:
Describe the ability to successfully deliver the project.
Demonstrate the financial viability of the completed facility through the financial assessment and cost benefit analysis of:
Sustainability Victoria may overlay rankings to achieve an overall mix of projects that represent:
consortium projects that address cross-jurisdictional gaps.
A risk-based approach will be used to assess the Applicant’s social, economic and environmental risks in relation to the project. This assessment will include the Applicant’s Related Entities and may include Project Partners and/or Project Participants (see Section 9: Program definitions).
Applicants (and their Related Entities and, if applicable, their Project Partners and/or Project Participants) must:
Assessment of satisfactory level of risk will include but not be limited to Sustainability V’s consideration of:
Sustainability Victoria may conduct due diligence checks on the Project Partners and/or Project Participants involved in the delivery of the project. The Applicant must ensure that any Project Partners and/or Project Participants agree to cooperate with this requirement and will provide information at Sustainability Victoria’s request.
Sustainability Victoria reserves the right not to award funding to Applicants where the due diligence risk (including that of Project Partners and Project Participants) is unsatisfactory or not able to be managed.
Dates may change.
The below timeline is for this Fund:
Applications open: 23 October 2021
Applications close: 18 November 2021
Information session: 4 November 2021
Notification of outcome: March 2022
Funding agreements established: May or June 2022
Project completion date: 30 March 2024
Before applying, we recommend you attend an information session.
The grant program is a competitive, merit-based process.
We recommend Applicants to engage with investment support services before submitting their application to ensure their project is investment ready and set up for success.
Sustainability Victoria offers an investment facilitation service for projects that increase Victoria’s resource recovery sector.
Read about our assistance with investing Victoria’s resource recovery industry.
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There will be an online information session.
The information session will outline the:
Participants attending the information session will have an opportunity to ask questions about the fund and the application process.
A recording will be available after the session.
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Phone: +61 3 8656 6757 Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In the subject line, use the grant name Recycling Victoria Organics Sector Transformation Fund Round 1.
The Victorian Government has invested over $515 million to deliver transformation and reform of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry. This includes $380 million to stabilise and rebuild the state’s waste and resource recovery sector.
This fund is released as part of the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria policy. The policy will fundamentally boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on.
The Fund delivers on key Commitment 8 of the policy is to increase the use of recycled materials. This fund is a key component of the $30.46 million Recycling Victoria Markets Acceleration Package and the $76.9 million Industry and Infrastructure Development Package.
The policy has a target to halve the volume of organic materials going to landfill between 2020 and 2030, with an interim target of 20% reduction by 2025. As Victoria works toward this target, there will be a corresponding increase in the volume of recycled organics supplied to the market. To reduce the risk of market failure from over supply, we must increase the demand for recycled organics by enhancing product value.
The Food Waste for Healthy Soil Fund
The Food Waste for Healthy Soil Fund is an Australian Government initiative that will invest $67 million support the diversion of nutrient-rich household and commercial organic waste from landfill to soils.
This funding forms part of the $214.9 million commitment by the Australian Government in the 2021-22 Federal Budget to improve and protect Australia’s soil.
The Fund aims to increase Australia’s organic waste recycling rate from 49 per cent to 80 per cent by 2030.
Together with co-contributions from participating state and territory governments and industry, the Fund will leverage over $170 million of investment to build new and improve existing organic waste recycling infrastructure to divert organic waste into nutrient rich compost and soil enhancers. Funded facilities will increase the quantity and quality of recycled organic waste available for use especially in the agricultural industry.
For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.
Funding allocated under this program will be delivered via the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria Organics Sector Transformation Fund.
The applicant who applies for the funding and is 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 Applicant’s required cash or in-kind contribution to the total project income.
Actual new full-time positions created by your business. This can include training or upskilling of employees who would otherwise be made redundant through the implementation of your project.
Environmental, Safety or Workplace Breach
An 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 Laws
Environmental 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.
The 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.
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.
An organisation that provides services to the community and does not operate to make a profit for its members (or shareholders, if applicable).
Organic waste diverted from landfill for the purposes of creating a recycled organics product
An organisation engaged by the Applicant to assist in the delivery of the Applicant’s project, including but not limited to major subcontractors, contractors, product suppliers and consultants.
An organisation/s in an agreed partnership with the Applicant that have a critical role in the project and a formal commitment to delivering the support required to ensure the project’s success. The partnership needs 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.
Entities which are related to the Applicant, including:
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.
Related Person means a director, officer, employee, agent, board member or contractor of the Applicant or a Related Entity.
Workplace 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.
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In the subject line, use the grant name Recycling Victoria Organics Sector Transformation Fund.