This Fund supports businesses and research organisations to research and develop innovative ways to improve processes, performance or systems of existing recycled organics products.
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Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund – Organics supports businesses and research organisations to research and develop innovative ways to improve processes, performance or systems of existing recycled organics products.
This fund aims to enhance the market for recycled organics.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, 16 July 2021. Late applications will not be accepted except under exceptional circumstances.
This grant is part of the Recycling Victoria policy funding.
The fund objective is to enhance the market for existing recycled organic products.
Projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:
Projects must be for innovations that are both commercially feasible in the current market and close to commercialisation. Projects must have the potential to be commercialised between 2023 to 2024. Applicants will be asked to summarise the pathway to commercialisation for their project.
Grants of up to $300,000 are available.
Applicants must co-contribute at least $1 for every $1 funded.
Co-contributions can be either financial (cash) or in-kind. Up to 100% of the co-contribution can be in-kind.
Project partners must contribute at least 20% to the co-contribution.
To be eligible, you must be a collaborative partnership of a research organisation and an organisation that produces or uses recycled organics commercially.
One of the project partners must be the Lead Applicant, who applies and is responsible for managing the project. The Lead Applicant must be located in Victoria.
Examples of research organisations:
Examples of eligible non-research organisations:
The Lead Applicants must:
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.
Projects must improve process, performance or systems for existing recycled organics products.
You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.
Projects that will not be funded:
The following is ineligible for funding:
The assessment panel will assess the application according to this criteria. Weightings are a guide.
Describe the problem your research proposes to resolve.
Demonstrate your project will:
Describe who will deliver the project.
Demonstrate the abilities the Lead Applicant and project partners have to deliver the project including capability (skills) and capacity (resources).
Describe why the project is needed and how it will improve markets for recycled organics.
Demonstrate how your research will contribute to improving existing recycled organics processes, performance or systems.
Describe how the project will be delivered.
Demonstrate how the project is commercially feasible, scalable and capable of being delivered.
How much funding are you seeking?
Describe how the funding will provide value for money for Victorians.
Outline how much your in-kind and/or cash contribution will be.
Describe what risk management strategies and practices are in place and provision for risk management plan.
As part of the online application, you will self-assess your eligibility and project readiness. If the assessment finds you or your project ineligible, you will not be able to proceed with your application.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
Your application will be assessed by a panel with relevant technical and commercial expertise.
The application form covers what detailed information Sustainability Victoria requires to assess your application. If clarification is required, you need to respond in a timely manner.
Sustainability Victoria may overlay rankings to achieve an overall mix of projects that represent:
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 SV’s consideration of:
SV 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 Participant(s) agree to cooperate with this requirement and will provide information at SV’s request.
SV reserves the right not to award funding to Applicants where the due diligence risk (including that of Project Participants and Project Partners) is unsatisfactory or not able to be managed.
Successful applicants approved for funding must do the following.
Dates may change.
Update: We've received more applications than expected. Due to the overwhelming response, the date for notification of outcome has changed from 1 October to mid-November 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Applications open: 1 June 2021
Applications close: 11:59 pm, 16 July 2021
Information session: 10 am, 10 June 2021
Notification of outcome: mid-November 2021
Funding agreements established: 8 January 2022
Projects commenced by: 31 January 2022
Project completed: 2 years from commencement date
Before applying, we recommend you attend an information session.
There will be 1 information session.
The information session will outline the:
We will also discuss successfully commercialising a research project.
Participants attending the information session will have an opportunity to ask questions about the fund and the application process.
Sessions are online. A recording will be available after the session.
Date: Thursday, 10 June 2021
Time: 10 am
Answers to questions we receive at our information sessions and via phone and email are published on our Information bulletin.
We only publish answers to questions that are not already covered in these grant guidelines.
We cannot review drafts or feedback.
In the subject line, use the grant name 'Recycling Victoria Research and Development – Organics'.
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.
Key Commitment 8 of the policy is to increase the use of recycled materials. Under this commitment, the Recycling Markets Acceleration package is being delivered. This fund is a component of this 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.
We must research and develop ways to enhance the value of existing recycled organic products to grow the demand.
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.
A relationship established between a Lead Applicant and Project 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.
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 1970 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.
Jobs created by other businesses that come into existence due to the economic growth of your business.
An in-kind contribution is a contribution of a good or a service other than money.
In-kind contributions may include, but is not limited to:
The following activities cannot be considered in-kind contributions:
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.
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 a Collaborative Partnership with a Lead Applicant that have a critical role in the project and a formal commitment to delivering the support required to ensure the project’s success.
Entities which are related to the Applicant and includes:
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.