Litter Innovation Fund

Up to $20,000 is available from Litter Innovation Fund to support projects that prevent and reduce the impact of litter and illegal dumping.

Litter Innovation Fund


Litter Innovation Fund

The Victorian Litter Innovation Fund  provides support for the Victorian community, including government, business, not‑for‑profit organisations, social enterprises and schools, to fund innovative approaches that prevent and reduce the impact of litter and illegal dumping.



The objective of the Victorian Litter Innovation Fund program is to offer grants for innovative solutions to litter and illegal dumping that are delivered through a partnership approach.



Organisations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $20,000. The Fund is a $700,000 package, and grants will be offered over two grant rounds. Each grant round will involve a two stage application process.


Eligible Projects

Projects must have at least three or more of the following seven elements of the Victorian Litter Action Alliance (VLAA) best practice model for litter prevention:

  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Enforcement
  • Incentives
  • Working together
  • Good communication
  • Monitoring and evaluation.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • be a legal entity (excluding individuals), such as:
    • Government (for example):
      • local government
      • state government
      • statutory authorities
      • committees of management
    • Business (for example)
      • small to medium enterprises (20 to 200 employees)
      • large businesses (200+ employees)
      • industry peaks bodies
    • Other:
      • social enterprises
      • schools
      • tertiary education
      • not-for-profit (for example, charity, community group)
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) or an ABN exemption statement
  • be financially viable
  • have been operating for at least 12 months
  • make the specified in-kind and/or financial contribution
  • have not had any Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or Victorian WorkCover Authority violations in the past five years, or if the applicant has any violations:
    • the violations were not serious
    • the violations have been satisfactorily resolved
    • the applicant has made appropriate efforts, including implementing management systems, to ensure the violation is not repeated
    • since the violation, the applicant has had a satisfactory level of compliance with environmental and Victorian WorkCover Authority legislation
  • complete the project within 12 months of signing a funding agreement
  • implement the project in the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay catchments, or in regional Victoria (refer to section 4.2 Definitions for the purposes of this Fund)
  • agree to comply with Sustainability Victoria’s funding agreement terms and conditions



Applications for Round 2 close 3 October 2016.


Round 2 Recipients

The following organisations and projects have been approved to be funded under Round 2 of the Fund.

Organisation Name Project partner name(s)Project nameProject summaryFunding streamGrant amount
Applicant: Southern Cross Recycling Group Pty Ltd

Partners: City of Whittlesea, City of Maribyrnong

Mobile Community Resource Recovery HubsPurpose built trailer providing a collection point for small household items and clothing.Yarra and Port Phillip Bay$10,000
Applicant: Gannawarra Shire Council

Partners: Murray River Group of Councils (MRGC) – Mildura RCC, Swan Hill RCC, Loddon Shire, Gannawarra Shire, Campaspe Shire and Moira Shire Councils, Parks Victoria, Goulburn Valley and Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Groups, Murray Regional Tourism Board.

Murray River Parks Litter ReductionDevelopment of a technology tool to improve communication with visitors and development of physical signage at entrances to parks.Regional Victoria$20,000
Applicant: Warrnambool City Council

Partners: South West Fishcare, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network, Friends of the Merri Marine Sanctuary, MAD for the Merri, Plastic Free Alliance, Modern Dog Training Inc., Warrnambool Dog Training Inc., East Warrnambool Primary School, Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School, Brauer College, Warrnambool College.

Bag it, Bin itTargeting dog excrement in public open spaces in Warrnambool through infrastructure, enforcement, incentives, education.Regional Victoria$20,000
Applicant: Monash City Council

Partners: Monash University, WM Waste

CALD dumped rubbish? Not CALD at fault!The CALD Student Education Project is an education and illegally dumped waste reduction project.Yarra and Port Phillip Bay$14,500
Applicant: Wyndham City Council

Partners: Wolfdene Property Development Group, Point Cook Open Spaces, Beach Patrol

Building a cleaner WyndhamLiaison with developers, builders and tradespeople, using a pledge system, to tackle construction litter issue.Yarra and Port Phillip Bay$15,000
Applicant: Connectsus Pty Ltd

Partners: Boroondara, Nillumbik, Yarra City Councils

Binasys: Ultrasonic Bin Level Sensing ProgramThe ‘Binasys’ project will install Ultrasonic Level Sensor (ULS) technology to provide a live demand profile of each public litter bin.Yarra and Port Phillip Bay$20,000
Applicant: Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Partners: EPA Victoria, VicRoads

Pick up or payInstallation of infrastructure at identified hotspots for surveillance, increase enforcement and behaviour change to reduce illegal dumping through community education campaigns.Regional Victoria$12,000
Applicant: Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group

Partners: VicRoads, Moorabool, Ballarat, Pyrenees, Ararat, Northern Grampians, Horsham, Hindmarsh and West Wimmera, Central Goldfields, Hepburn, Golden Plains and Yarriambiack, Driver Reviver

Be a Litter Superhero! – Roadside Litter CampaignRoadside litter campaign addressing litter from vehicles on major transport routes.Regional Victoria$20,000
Applicant: Northern Bay P-12 College

Partners: City of Greater Geelong, Corio Village, Rotary Geelong, Deakin University

NBCg Community Clean UpIllegal Dumping Project – awareness campaign, promote and coordinate collection of refuse.Regional Victoria$20,000
Applicant: Merri Creek Management Committee Inc.

Partners: Moreland City Council

Addressing Coburg’s pollution hotspot: New Coburg wetlands mobilise litter messageTarget educational messages with the local community to address Coburg’s four key litter issues: cigarette butts, illegal dumping, plastic, dog excrement to address local and downstream pollution impacts through guided walks, information, stormwater and catchment education and wetland sculpture.Yarra and Port Phillip Bay$20,000
Applicant: Bendigo Senior Secondary College

Partners: Conservation Volunteers, Parks Victoria

Keeping it clean- One person’s rubbish is another person’s rubbishThis project will work in partnership with Conservation Volunteers Bendigo, Parks Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo and local media outlets to clean up Whipstick Forest and bring education into the classroom and to the broader Bendigo Community, driven by students.Regional Victoria$5,000
Applicant: The Keep Australia Beautiful Council (VIC) Incorporated

Partners: Councils/WRRGs, Volunteers Victoria

Regional Victorian database of community litter projectsDevelop an online user friendly portal to include regional areas and community groups.Yarra and Port Phillip Bay$20,000


More Information

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  • Fund Guidelines
  • Fund FAQs


Media Release

Increased surveillance to stop illegal dumping, new initiatives to reduce waste from building sites and tackling rubbish in parks along the Murray River are just some of projects being funded through the latest round of the Litter Innovation Fund.

The $700,000 Litter Innovation Fund is part of the $10.5 million Waste Reduction Package that supports innovative projects of local councils and community groups.

It includes $200,000 for projects in regional Victoria and $500,000 for projects in the Yarra and Port Phillip Bay catchments.

The Andrews Labor Government is contributing 40 per cent of the total cost of the projects which involve partnerships between a number of community organisations, councils and businesses.

The Labor Government is working to deliver a waste and resource recovery system that maximises waste avoidance and resource recovery, and uses landfill only to dispose of materials which can’t be re-used or recovered.

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