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National, NSW and Vic grant opportunities

A number of resource recovery sector grants are currently open in NSW, Victoria and nationally.

National Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Recycling and Clean Energy

Applications close on 5 May 2021. Projects to be completed by 31 March 2024.

Eligible ApplicantsProject RequirementsFunding Per Applicant
Applicant must:
– Have an ABN
– Be non-tax exempt
– Be registered for GST
– Be an entity incorporated in Australia. 

Ineligible for:
– Individuals
– Partnerships
– Unincorporated associations
– Trusts
– Commonwealth, state, territory or local government
– Non-corporate Commonwealth entities
Manufacturing Integration Stream
Projects to advance business position and capability to enter and operate in new local and global value chains.

Key program outcomes include:
– increased trade and participation of Aus. manufacturers and businesses in local and global markets
– growth of Aus. manufacturing capabilities and global reputation as a modern manufacturing nation
– increased global integration and competitiveness of Australian manufacturers
– increased manufacturing exports and value of manufacturing sector
-growth in high-value skills and jobs.

Projects must align with the Recycling and Clean Energy National Manufacturing Priority area 
– $1 million to $20 million, 50% of eligible project costs
– Expected average grant size is $4 million
– $140 million available over 4 years across the six National Manufacturing Priorities.

Funding from government grants can fund up to 25% of applicant’s contribution to eligible project costs.

Integration Stream eligible activities:
– Business development and market integration opportunities, including:
* Collaborating and networking with business and researchers
* Identifying domestic and international market opportunities
* Implementing domestic and international distribution strategies
– Using manufacturing processes or related activities to integrate into new value chains, including:
* Developing a product, process or service for market
* Value-add activities e.g. design, branding, distribution, after sales services
* Acquiring, installing, commissioning new machinery and specialist equipment
* Acquiring technology and/or IP
* Fitting out of new premises and modifications to existing premises
* Workforce training and accreditation
 Manufacturing Translation Stream
Projects to translate good ideas into new or enhanced commercial outcomes.

Key program outcomes include:
– More businesses and manufacturers translating research and ideas into commercial products and services
– Increased investment in commercialisation in the National Manufacturing Priority areas
– Establishment and expansion of new and existing modern manufacturing businesses in the National Manufacturing Priority areas

At successful completion of the project, the product, process or service should be close to or ready for full commercial deployment.  
Translation Stream eligible activities:
– Business development and market integration opportunities, including:
* Collaborating and networking with other businesses
* Research collaboration
* Identifying market opportunities and developing market strategies
* Seeking investment opportunities to provide greater access to markets
*Creating distribution strategies
– Using manufacturing processes or related activities to commercialise a product, process or service, including:
* Developing a product, process or service using high value manufacturing techniques or processes
* Improving and enhancing existing research techniques, product and services to progress to commercial solutions

NSW Regional Job Creation Fund

The $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow and encourages interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW.

Applications close Friday 14th May 2021 or when program funding has been fully allocated. Two stage application process: (1) Preliminary stage and (2) Detailed application stage. Projects must be completed by June 2022.

Applicant TypeProject RequirementsFunding Per Applicant
Eligible applicants are a business or co-operative:
– Operating in an ‘engine industry’, enabling industry or emerging engine industry
– with an ABN
– registered for GST
– with at least $20 million in public liability insurance 
Projects must:
– be based in regional NSW. (Projects in Greater Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong LGAs are not eligible)
– create sustainable employment outcomes in regional NSW
– not be able to occur in regional NSW without government investment
– align with existing NSW Government policies and strategies

Eligible projects could include the:
– replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
– establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
– onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
– development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
– relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW
The minimum grant amount is $100,000
The maximum grant amount is $10 million
– Government contribution will be no more than $20,000 per new job created
– Applicants must provide a minimum 50% cash co-contribution to the project 

Grants may be used for: capital and other expenses directly related to the delivery of eligible projects, including: purchase of plant and equipment that needs additional workers to operate expanding built infrastructure to enable job creation activities. 

Ineligible grants costs include: repayment of existing debts or budget deficits administrative, operational and maintenance costs not related to the subject project ongoing staff wages and salaries costs already funded by insurance or other NSW or Australian Government programs costs that require recurrent or ongoing funding from the NSW Government.

Victoria grants

Materials recycling infrastructure funding

  • Recycling Victoria – Recycling Modernisation Fund, jointly funded by the Australian Government, addressing paper and cardboard, plastics, glass and tyres subject to the national waste export bans
  • Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials stream (round 2)
  • Available to: Businesses, Not-for-profit organisations, Local government
  • Supports industry and local government to increase the capacity and capability of Victoria’s resource recovery sector and the quality of materials recovered.
  • Closing on Friday 7 May 2021
  • More information

MRA has submitted more than 200 grant applications to date, winning more than $60m in funding for our clients.

We can provide a one-stop shop to maximise your chances of success and can assist by: 

  • Preparing grant proposals on your behalf;
  • Reviewing grant proposals; 
  • Source equipment providers;
  • Provide costings on infrastructure;
  • Prepare the business case; and 
  • All of the necessary financial feasibility analysis requirements.

If your organisation is interested in any of the above grant programs, please contact Emma Yuen on or on 0416 474 642 or or on (02) 8541 6169.


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