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The Investment Support Grant – Packaging (ISGP) supports Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Not for Profits (NFPs) and social enterprises to pursue packaging waste reduction or recovery opportunities.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, 30 September 2021. Late applications will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
This grant is part of the Recycling Victoria policy funding.
The fund objective is to support businesses and organisations that generate, recover or reuse packaging waste to transition to more circular business models or activities.
The fund supports purchasing of equipment and infrastructure to enable and accelerate the diversion of packaging waste from landfill. The fund will preference projects that create new products using packaging waste.
Projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:
The fund aims to achieve the following outcomes:
Grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available per project.
Applicants must contribute at least $1 for every $1 funded. This co-contribution can be either financial (cash) or in-kind.
For SMEs at least 75% of co-contribution must be in cash.
For example, if your grant request is $10,000, you must contribute at least $7,500 in cash and the remaining $2,500 can be in-kind.
For NFP and social enterprise at least 50% of the co-contribution must be in cash.
For example, if your grant request is $10,000, you must contribute at least $5,000 in cash and the remaining $5,000 can be in-kind.
Eligible organisations are:
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.
Other federal, state or local government agencies.
Business or organisations that:
Costs supported by funding include:
Projects that receive funding must:
You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.
Projects will not be funded if they:
The following costs are ineligible for funding:
The assessment panel will assess the application based on merit according to these criteria.
Describe how your project will deliver one or more of the fund objectives.
Demonstrate how your project will:
Preference will be given to projects that create new products.
Describe who will deliver the project.
Demonstrate the abilities the applicant has to deliver the project including capability (skills) and capacity (resources).
Describe how the project is commercial, feasible and capable of being delivered including evaluation metrics.
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. We will provide applicants with updates as much as possible and when necessary.
Applications open: 25 August 2021
Applications close: 11:59 pm, 30 September 2021
Information session: 11:00 am, 8 September 2021
Notification of outcome: Early December 2021
Funding agreements established: December 2021, or in mutual agreement with the successful applicant
Projects commenced by: March 2022, or in mutual agreement with the successful applicant
Project completed: 12 months from contract signing, or in mutual agreement with successful applicant
Before applying, we recommend you attend an information session.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
An information session was held on 8 September.
A recording of this session is available on our Information bulletin.
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 provide feedback.
Phone: +61 3 8656 6757 Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In the subject line, use the fund name [Investment Support Grant – Packaging (ISGP)]
This fund is released as part of the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria policy. It is being funded through a combination of Recycling Victoria Market Acceleration Package (MAP) funds and funding from the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisations (APCO).
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 and this fund is a component of the package. The ISG-P program will support and preference projects that create new end products from packaging waste aligning with SV’s MAP program objective 8.1.
Recent changes to national and international recycling policies, regulations, costs and activities are placing pressure upon Victoria’s capacity to avoid, manage and recycle waste. Packaging waste represents around a third of the amount of waste in Victoria.
Victorian businesses are a key generator of this packaging waste. Increasing business’ capacity to avoid, recover, recycle and remanufacture packaging waste represents a significant opportunity to reduce the pressure on Victoria’s recycling capacity, and transition to a more circular economy.
Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Not for Profit organisations (NFPs) and social enterprises face more acute information and financial barriers to investment in waste reduction or recycling initiatives than larger companies and organisations.
Common barriers include constrained cashflow and justification of capital expenditure to pursue waste reduction or recycling initiatives
This fund supports suitable projects to overcome a lack of funding, allowing them to pursue initiatives. We are focusing these funds on supporting organisations that use, produce or recycle packaging to enable them to transition to more circular economy models.
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.
Packaging is defined in the National Environment Protection Measures (NEPM) to mean all packaging products made of any material, or combination of materials, for the containment, protection, marketing or handling of consumer products. This includes distribution packaging.
For the purposes of the ISGP, materials eligible for funding – where they constitute the majority and primary purpose of the project – are paper and cardboard, plastics, and glass. Projects that primarily recover metals are ineligible for ISGP funding.
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).
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.
Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
A registered business that employs less than 200 people. Employee numbers are based on full time equivalents (FTE) per ABN.
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.
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.
We cannot review drafts or provide feedback.
In the subject line, use the grant name ISGP R2