Sustainability Victoria is supporting bioenergy project developers through the Waste to Energy Fund: Bioenergy. $10 million is available to support the sector to increase renewable energy generation in Victoria.
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$1:$1 (SV:Applicant). Co-contributions must be financial (cash). In-kind contributions are not permitted in this Fund.
Exception: $2:$1 (SV:Applicant) for Not-for profit organisations, Charities, Community Groups, Co-operatives, and Research institutes.
Sustainability Victoria (SV) is supporting bioenergy project developers through the Waste to Energy Fund: Bioenergy (the Fund). $10 million is available to support the sector to increase renewable energy generation in Victoria.
The funding is available through two streams:
This grant program is funded through the government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy.
The following are the guidelines for applying for Stream 1 of 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:
For Stream 1, each project can receive a grant of between $20,000 and $250,000 (ex. GST).
For Stream 2, each project can receive a grant of between $50,000 and $1 million (ex. GST). Read more about Stream 2.
Applicants must contribute at least $1 for every $1 requested.
The following groups must contribute $1 for every $2 requested:
Co-contributions must be financial (cash). In-kind contributions are not permitted in this Fund.
Funding is available to Applicants that propose to generate bioenergy using organic materials and can demonstrate that this solution is the best value option in the Waste Hierarchy.
Eligible organisations include:
Consultants may apply as a Lead Applicant in a Collaborative Partnership only and must be organisations not individuals.
We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
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.
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.
Funding for Stream 1 will support projects that:
Costs that will be funded include:
You can submit multiple applications. Each application must be for a different project. An application must not be for multiple projects.
Costs that are ineligible for funding include:
The assessment panel will assess the application based on merit according to the criteria below. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate higher value for money.
Demonstrate how your project will meet the objectives of the Fund and outline the:
Demonstrate the abilities of the Applicant to deliver the project including:
Demonstrate how the project will be successfully delivered, including:
Describe why the project is needed, 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, 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.
Applications open: Friday 1 July 2022
Applications close: Friday 26 August 2022
Information session: Tuesday 12 July 2022
Notification of outcome: Expected January or February 2023. We will provide applicants with updates as often as possible and when necessary.
Funding agreements established: April 2023
Projects commenced by: May 2023
Project completed by: 31 March 2025
Before applying, we recommend you attend an information session.
The grant program involves a competitive, merit-based application process.
Please contact the grants team as a first point of contact.
Phone: +61 3 8656 6757 Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
When contacting our Grants team please put ‘Waste to Energy Fund: Bioenergy’ in the subject line.
We recommend Applicants to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
One information session was held for this stream.
Sessions are online. A recording will be available after the session.
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.
The Fund is released as part of the Victorian Government’s circular economy plan Recycling Victoria: a new economy and represents the critical role that bioenergy facilities will play in the generation of renewable energy and the management of waste resources. Funding is essential to attract early adopters and increase investment in this space, to expand the capacity of the market.
In July 2016 Sustainability Victoria introduced the $2.33 million Waste to Energy (W2E) Infrastructure Fund to increase government intervention and collaboration to support food waste recovery and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, this approach was adapted and the Bioenergy Infrastructure Fund was announced. This fund broadened the scope of eligible projects to include support for feasibility studies and business case development.
In February 2020, the Victorian Government announced a $10 million waste to energy support package as part of Recycling Victoria: a new economy. A key commitment of this action plan is to halve the volume of organic waste going to landfill by 2030. Anaerobic digestion is considered a priority for investment in supporting waste to energy infrastructure development.
The Fund aims to support the development of innovative bioenergy projects and business models to enable the implementation of best-practice infrastructure that builds capability and capacity in Victoria’s bioenergy sector.
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 be operating with a current ABN that has been active for a minimum of 1 year 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 financial (cash) 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.
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:
In-kind contributions are not accepted in 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.
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.
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, 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.
The waste hierarchy is a set of priorities for the order of preference for how waste is managed to achieve the best possible economic and environmental outcomes for resource use.
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.
Phone: +61 3 8656 6757 Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.When contacting our Grants team please put ‘Waste to Energy Fund: Bioenergy’ in the subject line.