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Overview

Support for Victorian businesses and collaborative partnerships to investigate and implement evidence-based circular economy opportunities and business models in Victoria

 

Outline

The Fund will primarily target waste prevention, reuse, remanufacture and upcycling. Innovative recycling approaches will also be supported, where they develop new recycling markets in Victoria

There are 2 grant streams:

  • Stream 1: Identification grants – to investigate how to adapt and apply circular economy business opportunities and approaches
  • Stream 2: Implementation grants – to implement solutions across one or multiple businesses

 

Level of support

Stream 1: Identification grants

  • Grant amount per project: $75,000 to $200,000
  • Co-contribution of $2:$1 (SV:Applicant) as a minimum
  • The applicant’s co-contribution can be cash or in-kind, with a maximum of up to 50% applying to in-kind

Stream 2: Implementation grants

  • Grant amount per project: $100,000 to $1,000,000
  • Co-contribution of $1:$1 (SV:Applicant) as a minimum
  • The applicant’s co-contribution can be cash or in-kind, with a maximum of up to 10% applying to in-kind

 

Eligible activities

Stream 1: Identification grants funding can be used to support:

  • research and design to adapt or apply circular economy approaches
  • business case development and feasibility studies
  • materials efficiency and flow assessments
  • circular economy business case development
  • circular economy business advisory and support services
  • pilot projects and trials

Stream 2: Implementation grants funding can be used to support:

  • setting up of a new circular economy establishment or business model
  • extension of an existing circular economy establishment or business model
  • diversification of the output of an establishment into new additional circular economy products, services, or markets
  • improving circular economy outcomes within existing establishments
  • capital purchases (for example, infrastructure or equipment)

Scroll down to below learn more for a comprehensive list of what will and won’t be funded

 

Eligible small business applicants

An application can be made by one organisation or a group of organisations

An applicant, must be from one of the following:

  • business
  • charity
  • other not-for-profit organisations
  • industry group and association
  • consultant (assisting other organisations).

You must also:

  • co-contribute as per the minimum requirements
  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • provide evidence of a collaborative partnership in the case of group of organisations
  • operating for at least 2 years

 

Important dates

Closing Friday 12 March 2021 at 3.00 PM AEST

Timeline:

  • Applications open – Friday 20 November 2020
  • Applications close – Friday 12 March 2021
  • Notification of outcome – Wednesday 21 July 2021
  • Projects must start by Thursday 11 November 2021
  • Projects must be completed by Thursday 30 June 2022

 

How to apply

Apply through the Sustainability Victoria Smarty Grants portal. Choose the relevant Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund grant stream

 

Getting help

Dowling Consultancy welcomes enquiries from small businesses requiring professional grant application and submission guidance to enhance their chances of success. We have assisted numerous businesses with grant applications since 2013 and achieved approximately $10 million in awarded government grants for numerous projects

Contact Steve Dowling on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation eligibility assessment discussion

Dowling Consultancy’s team can assist in project scoping, writing comprehensive and congruent applications, and liaising with program managers to maximise your chance of funding success

 

Learn more

 

What will be funded?

Stream 1: Identification Grants can be used to support:

  • research and design to adapt or apply circular economy approaches
  • business case development and feasibility studies
  • materials efficiency and flow assessments
  • circular economy business case development
  • circular economy business advisory and support services
  • pilot projects and trials
  • capital purchases for small-scale demonstrations / pilots (for example, equipment)
  • circular economy business opportunities and approaches
  • reducing the generation of waste (that is, preventing waste)
  • reducing materials intensity of a product, service or business model
  • increasing waste avoidance
  • increasing reuse or remanufacture of products and/or materials currently wasted
  • establishing new and innovative recycling markets
  • increasing the lifecycle or value or material or product currently wasted
  • the demonstration of a clear business opportunity for the implementation of a circular economy-based business opportunity or approach
  • marketing, advertising, promotional costs of new products, services, models or markets established through the grants
  • consultancy or contract work required for the project/dedicated project management costs.

Stream 2: Implementation Grants can be used to support:

  • setting up of a new circular economy establishment or business model
  • extension of an existing circular economy establishment or business model
  • diversification of the output of an establishment into new additional circular economy products, services, or markets
  • improving circular economy outcomes within existing establishments
  • capital purchases (for example, infrastructure or equipment)
  • circular economy business opportunities and approaches
  • materials efficiency and productivity
  • increasing the lifecycle or value or material or product currently wasted
  • leasing/financing of equipment for the project (during the project only)
  • marketing, advertising, promotional costs of new products, services, models or markets established through the grants
  • consultancy or contract work required for the project/dedicated project management costs
  • reducing waste currently disposed to any waste or recycling destination
  • waste generated at, or by, any business-specific life cycle stage (for example, primary production, reducing secondary production, distribution, wholesale, retail)
  • a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • at least one of the following targets is achieved:
    • reducing the generation of product or material waste by at least 750 tonnes per annum
    • reducing the materials intensity of a product, service or model by at least 750 tonnes per annum
    • redistributing materials or products (to prevent waste) by at least 750 tonnes per year
    • increasing re-use, remanufacture, or upcycling of materials or products by at least 750 tonnes per annum
    • increasing capacity to prevent waste or to re-use, remanufacture, redistribute, or upcycle materials or products by at least 2,500 tonnes per annum
    • increasing capacity to recycle materials or products currently wasted, through new and innovative solutions, by at least 2,500 tonnes per annum

What won’t be funded?

Funding will not be provided for:

  • projects that have received funding or support for the same activities from other sources, including projects that have been awarded funding through other Recycling Victoria programs administered by SV
  • requests for retrospective funding, where the project has commenced or completed before signing a funding agreement with SV
  • operating costs – existing staff costs (unless these are demonstrated to be directly related to the project), rent, electricity, water and other utilities
  • lease or purchase of land
  • travel, conferences and other educational activities
  • purchase of vehicles (for example, front-end loaders, forklifts)
  • projects focused on:
    • existing waste recycling solution in Victoria (for example, composting)
    • waste recovery (for example, waste to energy)
    • bioenergy or biofuel production
    • waste disposal (for example, incineration, landfill, sewer)
    • prevention and reuse solutions for products or materials not currently wasted
    • development of specifications and standards
    • solutions for household kerbside collections
    • litter and illegal dumping
    • compliance with regulation or a regulatory notice or order
    • meeting minimum regulatory or industry requirements
    • community-focused share or repair initiatives
    • solely focused on water, energy, GHG emissions (although these may be co-benefits to a material-focused project)
    • routine or cyclical maintenance works

Stream 1 Identification Grants will not be provided for:

  • projects focused on implementation (see Stream 2 Implementation grants)
  • projects that seek to develop a new idea (for example, not based on a known approach or opportunity)

Stream 2 Implementation Grants will not be provided for:

  • projects focused on identifying an opportunity (see Stream 1 Identification Grants)
  • projects that cannot demonstrate a clear and robust understanding of the circular economy opportunity or approach, backed by evidence
  • projects that do not meet regulatory or planning requirements
  • pre-construction (site preparation) such as site clearing, earthworks or site accessibility works
  • lease or purchase of land