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Grant opportunities in NSW, Vic and Australia wide

Resource recovery sector grants have recently opened in NSW and Victoria while a recycling and clean energy Federal manufacturing grant is due to open soon.
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A few grants have recently opened. In NSW, the Circulate Industrial Ecology Program and the Civil Construction Market Program; in Victoria two streams of the Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund; and Australia-wide, a Federal manufacturing grant due to open soon.

NSW

Circulate Industrial Ecology Program

  • Eligibility: Businesses, NFPs, industry associations, NGOs, councils, product stewardship groups
  • Deadline: 12 February 2021
Project RequirementsFunding per Applicant
Projects must:
· Involve the business-to-business transfer of materials previously sent to landfill (or plastic and mixed paper/cardboard stockpiled due to China National Sword)
· Result in diversion of materials from landfill (or stockpiles) that would not have occurred without Circulate funding
· Relate to material from the C&I or C&D sector
· Divert a minimum number of tonnes
· Be completed by 30 June 2022
 
Projects that have outcomes that sit higher on the waste hierarchy will be prioritised for funding.
Between $20,000 and $150,000, depending on scale, duration and likely impact
 
What will be funded?
– Staff time, consultant time
– Sampling, testing and monitoring
– Transportation (first 20% of tonnes)
– Equipment hire (short-term)
– Equipment purchase (50% co-contribution required)

What will not be funded?
– Ongoing operational costs
– Land acquisition
– Completed/ commenced works
– Admin costs associated with licensing/ DAs
– Energy from waste projects

Civil Construction Market Program

  • Eligibility: Organisations holding an ABN (local government, consultants, contractors, waste service providers)
  • Deadline: 12 February 2021
Project RequirementsFunding per Applicant
Projects must:
– Divert C&D waste from landfill and/or use post-consumer recyclate sourced from MRFs
– Process material into product(s)
– Return product(s) to civil project(s)
– Divert 2,000 tonnes from landfill in SMA (or 400 tonnes in Regional areas)
– Run for between 6 months and 3 years
Up to $250,000
– Transportation of materials
– Max. 50% of salaries (consultant time fully funded)
– Equipment purchase and/or hire
– Monitoring and evaluation
 
What will not be funded?
– Ongoing admin and operational costs (post-completion)
– Programs funding devolved grants
– One-off information events
– Commenced/completed projects

Victoria

Recycling Victoria Business Support Fund

  • $10 million to support both individual businesses and business-led groups identify, develop and implement circular economy approaches within businesses or across supply chains and sectors.
  • Primarily to target waste prevention and reuse/remanufacture. Innovative recycling approaches will also be supported, where they develop new recycling markets in Victoria.
  • Deadline: Friday 12th March 2021
EligibilityProject RequirementsFunding per Applicant
Stream 1:
Identification Grants
Businesses, Charities, Other not-for-profit organisations, Industry groups and associations, Consultants (as a lead applicant in a collaborative partnership only)
Project should focus on at least one of these areas:
–  feasibility studies to apply or adapt circular economy business opportunities and approaches to business or supply chains
– business case development to support the implementation of a circular economy business opportunity or approach
– materials efficiency and flow assessments (e.g. to identify waste reduction or prevention opportunities) in businesses or across supply chains
– access to business advisory and support services to support the development of circular economy business opportunities and approaches 
–  pilot projects and trials of circular economy business opportunities and approaches.
 
Other requirements:
– At least 50% of project activities must be in Victoria.

Project must be completed by: 30 June 2022
– $75,000 to $200,000 per project
– Co-contribution is required ($2:$1 (SV:Applicant) as a minimum)
What will be funded?
– research and design to adapt or apply circular economy approaches
– business case development and feasibility studies
– materials efficiency and flow assessments
– circular economy business advisory and support services
– pilot projects and trials
– capital purchases for small-scale demonstrations / pilots (for example, equipment)
– 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.
What will not be funded?
– projects focused on implementation
– projects that seek to develop a new idea (for example, not based on a known approach or opportunity).
– Projects focused on existing recycling solutions (e.g. composting, waste recovery (e.g. waste to energy), bioenergy, solutions for household kerbside collections.
Stream 2:
Implementation Grants
Businesses, Charities, Other not-for-profit organisations, Industry groups and associations, Consultants (as a lead applicant in a collaborative partnership only)
Project should focus on at least one of these areas:
– set up a new circular economy-based establishment
– extend an existing circular economy-based establishment
– diversify the output of an establishment into new additional circular economy-based products, services, models or markets
– improve circular economy-based outcomes within existing establishments.
 
Project must also achieve at least one of these targets:
– reduce generation of product or material waste by >750 tonnes per year
– reduce the materials intensity of a product, service or model by >750 tpa
– redistribute materials or products (to prevent waste) by >750 tpa
– reuse, remanufacture, or upcycle materials or products by >750 tpa
– increase capacity to prevent waste or to re-use, remanufacture, redistribute, or upcycle materials or products >2,500tpa
– increase capacity to recycle materials or products currently wasted, through new and innovative solutions, by >2,500 tpa.
 
Other requirements:
– At least 50% of project activities must be in Victoria.

Project must be completed by 31st December 2022
– $100,000 to $500,000 per project for individual applicants
– $100,000 to $1 million per project for collaborative partnerships
– Co-contribution is required ($1:$1 as a minimum)
 
What will be funded?
– capital purchases (e.g. 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 (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
 
What will not be funded?
– projects focused on identifying an opportunity
– 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
– Projects focused on existing recycling solutions (e.g. composting, waste recovery (e.g. waste to energy), bioenergy, solutions for household kerbside collections.

Recycling Victoria Innovation Fund (Innovation Fund)

  • Supports innovative circular economy opportunities for businesses in Victoria aligned to the principles of:
    • designing out waste
    • maintaining product and material value over a longer period of time.
  • Deadline: 3pm Monday 15th February 2021
  • Projects must start by August 2021 and be completed by May 2024
EligibilityProject RequirementsFunding per Applicant
Stream 1:
Food Innovation
 
Lead applicants:
Businesses, Charities, Industry groups, Research institutions
 
Project partners:
Businesses, Charities, Industry groups, Research institutions, NFPs, government, local government.
Each application must have a Lead Applicant and at least one Project Partner.
Projects are to identify, develop and/or scale-up innovative circular economy business models and practices. Projects may deliver:
Improved capacity and investment in circular economy initiatives
Implementation of circular economy business models
Improved take-up and adaptation of digital technologies
Design-led changes to achieve circular outcomes
Material efficiency and productivity
Projects in Stream 1 must deliver at least one of the following:
reduce food waste (for example, ingredients, food products)
redistribute food to people to prevent waste
make new products from food waste (for example, plant-based textiles, vitamin supplements, ingredients and meals, animal feed).
 
Other requirements:
– At least 50% of project activities must be in Victoria.
– Grant amount per project: $75,000 to $150,000
– Co-contribution is required ($1:$1 as a minimum)
 
What will be funded?
– Expenses directly related to project such as capital purchases (e.g. infrastructure or equipment), dedicated consultancy/project management costs, business case development and feasibility studies, research, design, and/or development, demonstration, trials and pilots, collaboration- and capability-building activities, project evaluation, other project execution costs.
 
What will not be funded?
– Projects that focus on waste to energy proposals, waste recycling (e.g. composting or other established organics solutions, waste reprocessing infrastructure projects), solutions for kerbside collections, waste recovery or large-scale waste reprocessing infrastructure projects, household-focused interventions, community-focused share or repair initiatives, development of specifications and standards.
– Permit, licensing and approval costs, existing staffing costs, operating costs, travel and conferences, and marketing, advertising, promotional costs.
Stream 2:
Collaborative Innovation
 
Businesses, Charities, Industry groups and associations, Research institutions for collaborative partnerships that identify, develop and/or scale-up innovative circular economy business models and practices.
Projects are to identify, develop and/or scale-up innovative circular economy business models and practices.

Projects may deliver:
– Improved capacity and investment in circular economy initiatives
– Implementation of circular economy business models
– Improved take-up and adaptation of digital technologies
– Design-led changes to achieve circular outcomes
– Material efficiency and productivity
 
Other requirements:
– At least 50% of project activities must be in Victoria.
– Grant amount per project: $150,000 to $450,000
– Co-contribution is required ($1:$1 as a minimum)
 
What will be funded?
– Expenses directly related to project such as capital purchases (e.g. infrastructure or equipment), dedicated consultancy/project management costs, business case development and feasibility studies, research, design, and/or development, demonstration, trials and pilots, collaboration- and capability-building activities, project evaluation, other project execution costs.
 
What will not be funded?
– Projects that focus on waste to energy proposals, waste recycling (e.g. composting or other established organics solutions, waste reprocessing infrastructure projects), solutions for kerbside collections, waste recovery or large-scale waste reprocessing infrastructure projects, household-focused interventions, community-focused share or repair initiatives, development of specifications and standards.
– Permit, licensing and approval costs, existing staffing costs, operating costs, travel and conferences, and marketing, advertising, promotional costs.

Federal

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

  • Second round of the $50 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund
  • Up to $1 million (minimum $100,000) to support manufacturers by co-funding capital investments and associated re-skilling to adopt new technologies, encourage innovation, become more productive and competitive in the market and create more jobs.
  • Applicant must:
    • Have an ABN
    • Be non-tax exempt
    • Be registered for GST
    • Be an entity incorporated in Australia
    • Be a manufacturing small to medium enterprise with up to 199 employees.
  • Ineligible for:
    • Individuals
    • Partnerships
    • Trusts
    • Commonwealth, state, territory or local government.
  • Deadline: TBC
  • Maximum project period is 2 years
Project RequirementsFunding per Applicant
Project must involve capital investment to modernise and transform manufacturing processes.

Key program outcomes include:
– increased innovation and enhanced productivity in manufacturing operations
– increased job opportunities and upskilling in the manufacturing sector.
 
Project must align with the National Manufacturing Priorities and improve businesses’ competitiveness and generate broader domestic economic benefits.
 
The six National Manufacturing Priorities are:
– Resources technology and critical minerals processing
– Food and beverage
– Medical products
– Recycling and clean energy
– Defence 
– Space
$100,000 to $1 million, 25% of eligible project costs

You cannot use funding from other Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government grants to fund your share of eligible project costs.

Eligible activities:
– buying, constructing, installing or commissioning of manufacturing plant, equipment or software
– integrating production-related software that is directly related to the capital investment
– relevant training and skills development to assist you to integrate the new technology into your
– relevant training and skills development
– process design and engineering directly related to your capital investment
– fit-out, alterations and/or extensions to buildings directly related to the capital investment

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



 

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