This fund aims to remove
barriers and accelerate a sustained increase in the adoption of recycled organic products.
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Applicants must contribute at least $1 for every $1 funded.
Sustainability Victoria is supporting end markets for recycled organic products through the Circular Economy Markets Fund: Organics, a $2 million support package which aims to remove barriers and accelerate a sustained increase in the adoption of these products.
Through kerbside reform and the improved recovery of commercial and industrial organic waste, there is an increased supply of recycled organic products. This Fund supports the sustainable growth of end markets including agriculture, urban and amenity (for example, parks and gardens), and roadside amenity (for example roadside rehabilitation) to utilise the increased supply of better-quality Recycled Organic Products.
For the purposes of this grant, the terms Organics and Organic refers to organic waste diverted from landfill.
This grant is funded through the government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy.
Following are the guidelines for applying to this fund. These guidelines may be subject to change.
Projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:
This will be achieved by funding projects that:
Grants from $15,000 to $400,000 are available per project.
For business and local government applicants, co-contributions must be financial (cash).
For not for profit and community group applicants, co-contributions can be either financial (cash) or in-kind. Up to 100% of the co-contribution can be in-kind.
The program requires a single applicant to apply as Applicant. The Applicant is fully accountable for project delivery. For Collaborative Partnerships, this applicant is known as the Lead Applicant.
Eligible organisations must be one of the following organisation types:
Applicants must be legally constituted organisations and:
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 per project. 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.
Applicants who do not agree with the Grant Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions will be asked to provide full details of proposed amendments that would render the contractual provision acceptable to the Applicant in the SmartyGrants application form. Applicants should note that significant or substantive variations will not be viewed favorably unless the Applicant is able to demonstrate the necessity for such variations. Should applicants be successful, no further amendments to SV’s standard terms and conditions will be considered beyond the variations included in the application form.
Applicants may also choose to form a Collaborative Partnership for the purpose of undertaking the project. Applicants are known as Lead Applicants in a Collaborative Partnership.
Lead Applicants that choose to establish Collaborative Partnership(s) with other organisations, to support project delivery, 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 Project Partners.
There are no restrictions as to who Lead Applicants can partner with or how many organisations are involved as Project Partners.
Project Partner(s) can be from any organisation that has:
If the project partner is engaged to undertake a critical role in the project, then a formal agreement, such as a memorandum of understanding, must be in place before the project commences. The formal agreement must include:
Please note, Project Participants engaged to assist in the delivery of the Lead Applicant’s project are not considered a collaborative partnership and do not require a formal commitment.
The following cannot apply for funding as an Applicant:
The following Applicants (including those in Collaborative Partnerships) are ineligible for funding – those that:
Funding will support projects that:
Eligible Recycled Organic Products include:
Examples of projects that will be funded include, but are not limited to:
Project costs must be directly related to the project and can include:
You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.
The following 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 the outcomes and impact it will create, including:
Demonstrate how your project meets the objectives of the Fund including how it will:
Demonstrate the Lead Applicant and Project Partners’ ability to deliver the project by showing they have the:
Demonstrate why the project is needed, including:
Describe why the project will improve market confidence and demand for recycled organic products.
Demonstrate viability to successfully deliver the project, including:
SV 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 Sustainability Victoria’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.
Successful applicants approved for funding must do the following.
Project Guidance session: 20 May 2022
Applications open: 21 June 2022
Applications close: 19 July 2022
Information session: 24 June 2022
Notification of outcome: October 2022
Funding agreements established: October 2022
Projects commenced by: January 2023
Projects completed by: June 2024
Applications will only be accepted when the Fund opens.
Before applying, we recommend you attend the Project Guidance session and information session.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
Submit your application by the closing date 19 July 2022.
Late applications will not be accepted except under exceptional circumstances.
To support applications, SV has provided Guidance on the end uses for specific recycled organics that are likely to be adoptable. It also outlines the tactics or actions that are most likely to be effective in increasing the adoption for each specific end use. This Guidance was developed through industry consultation, and best possible science.
Applicants are encouraged to read this document and carefully consider the Guidance when designing their project. However, applicants are not obliged to utilise this Guidance in order to be successful in their grant proposal.
SV makes no representations, warranties, express or implied that use, recourse to or reliance on the Guidance will result in a successful application for grants funding from SV. The Guidance is provided to you on the basis that you will assess its relevance and accuracy for your particular purposes.
An online session was held on Friday 20 May 2022. The session provided an opportunity to learn more about the Project Guidance material described in section 7.1 of these guidelines.
A recording of the session is available on the information bulletin page.
An additional online information session will be held on 24 June. An information bulletin will be available after the session along with a recording.
Date: Friday 24 June 2022
Time: 11 to 12 pm
Link: Join the session
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Answers to questions we receive at our information sessions and via phone and email are published in 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 grant name ‘Organics Markets Fund’.
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 organic products.
Sustainable markets are required for the increased supply of recycled organics. Accordingly, this Fund will increase market demand for recycled organics by increasing the adoption of these products by end users.
For the purposes of this fund, ‘adoption’ refers to the non-temporary incorporation of recycled organics into agricultural, urban and amenity and roadside amenity management systems
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. Applicants must be legally constituted organisations and with a current ABN that has been active for a minimum of 2 years by the application closing date.
A commercial enterprise seeking to generate profit through its activities, including Social Enterprises.
A 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.
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.
Any organisation engaged in charitable or other community-based activity operating under Australian law and not established for the purpose of making a profit. This definition can include not-for-profit entities pursuing a range of ‘for-profit’ commercial activities. It can also include organisations engaged in advocacy or other activities that may not be primarily charitable in nature. Unincorporated entities are ineligible to apply.
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.
Extension is the process of enabling change in individuals, communities and industries involved with primary industries and natural resource management.
An incorporated organisation established for the purpose of furthering and/or advocating for common farming or agricultural goals.
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.
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.
A not-for-profit (NFP) organisation is an entity that does not operate for the profit or gain (either direct or indirect) of particular people. Unincorporated entities are ineligible to apply.
Refers to organic waste diverted from landfill.
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.
Recycled Organic Products
For the purposes of this fund, this term refers to eligible organic products, including:
Entities which are related to the Applicant, including:
Related Person means a director, officer, employee, agent, board member or contractor of the Applicant or a Related Entity.
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.