The fund aims to build the capacity, capability and resilience of Victoria’s resource recovery sector, support businesses to respond to the national export ban on waste materials, increase the quality of materials for manufacturing and create jobs in the circular economy.
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$1:$3 (SV:Applicant). Exception: $1:$2 (SV:Applicant) for local governments.
Co-contributions must be financial (cash). In-kind contributions are not permitted in this Fund.
Sustainability Victoria (SV) is supporting industry and local councils through Round 3 of the Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund, which aims to build the capacity, capability and resilience of Victoria’s resource recovery sector, support businesses to respond to the national export ban on waste materials, increase the quality of materials for manufacturing and create jobs in the circular economy.
This grant is co-funded through the Victorian government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy and the Australian Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund.
Previous rounds of this fund were delivered under a different name, Recycling Victoria - Recycling Modernisation Fund. On 1 July 2022, this name of this fund was changed to Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund.
The following are the guidelines for applying for this fund.
Find out more in the Information bulletin.
Projects must meet one or more of the following objectives:
The Fund aims to achieve the following outcomes:
Grants of between $50,000 and $500,000 (ex. GST) are available per project.
Applicants are required to meet the following minimum cash co-contribution:
Co-contribution must relate to eligible project costs as described in item 2.3 below. Note that in-kind contributions cannot be included in the Applicant’s co-contribution.
Investment leverage will be a key consideration as part of application assessments. Higher investment from the Applicant will be looked upon more favourably.
Eligible organisations must be one of the following organisation types:
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 favourably 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.
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.
Individuals, non-government organisations, unincorporated entities and social enterprises are not eligible for funding.
Funding will support projects activities that:
Funding will support projects that meet one or more of the fund objectives and focus on increasing processing capability and capacity to improve quality of materials for re-manufacture and/or use of one or more of the following materials subject to the national waste export ban:
You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.
The following project activities, types and costs are ineligible for funding:
The assessment panel will assess the application based on merit according to the criteria below.
Demonstrate your project will meet one or more of the objectives of the fund:
The project is viable, including demonstration of:
The objectives of the project proposed align with the strategic priorities of the organisation.
Demonstrate how the project supports the circular economy.
Demonstrate the impact the project will have on capacity requirements resulting from the anticipated impacts of the waste export ban on materials (excluding glass). Projects that significantly increase capacity to recover export waste ban.
Describe why the project is needed by demonstrating:
Demonstrate viability to successfully deliver the project including:
Financial viability demonstrated:
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, safety 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.
Dates may change.
We will provide Applicants with updates as much as possible and when necessary.
Applications open: Tuesday 16 August 2022
Applications close: 11:59 pm Tuesday 27 September 2022
Information session: Tuesday 30 August 2022 10:00 to 11:00 am
Notification of outcome: January 2023 to be confirmed
Funding agreements established: February 2023 to be confirmed
Projects commenced by: February 2023 to be confirmed
Project completed by: 1 June 2024
Before applying, we recommend you attend an information session.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
There will be one information session.
Sessions are online. A recording will be available after the session.
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2022
Time: 10:00 to 11:00 am
Register: Registration link available soon.
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 grant name: Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund.
We recommend Applicants engage with Sustainability Victoria’s 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, or email email@example.com for more information.
Investment facilitation support services is separate and removed from the panel evaluation scoring process. Use of this service does not guarantee any level of success with any application.
In 2020, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed Australia should establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.
Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund provides joint Australian and Victorian government funding for recycling infrastructure will build the capacity, capability and resilience of Victoria’s resource recovery system, support businesses to respond to the national export ban on waste materials, increase the quality of materials for manufacturing and create jobs in the circular economy.
The Australian Government has entered into a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) with states and territories that commits up to $190 million over four years through the Recycling Modernisation Fund for recycling infrastructure projects across Australia.
Victorian Government funding for this fund is released as part of the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy and its $380 million commitment, which will fundamentally boost jobs and establish a recycling system Victorians can rely on.
Applications will be assessed in consultation with the Australian Government.
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 12 months by the application closing date.
A commercial enterprise seeking to generate profit through its activities, including Social Enterprises.
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.
The number of construction jobs created directly by the project during the building/construction phase.
Direct Jobs - Ongoing
Actual new full-time positions created by your business as a result of the project for a period of 12 months or more. This can include training or upskilling of employees who would otherwise be made redundant through the implementation of your project.
Direct Jobs - Short-term
Actual new full-time positions created by your business as a result of the project, for a period of less than 12 months. 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.
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 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. In-kind contributions do not count towards the Applicant co-contribution for this Fund.
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. A formal agreement between the partners that outlines the governance, financial and intellectual property arrangements as well as the roles and responsibilities of each party should be provided with your application.
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.
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.
Please note that we cannot review drafts or provide feedback.
In the email subject line, use the grant name: Victorian Circular Economy Recycling Modernisation Fund