Organics Infrastructure Large and Small Grants

Up to $3M is available from Organics Infrastructure program to develop infrastructure and technology that can reduce organic waste going to landfill.

Organics Infrastructure Large and Small Grants

Organics Infrastructure Large and Small Grants

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants support a broad range of small and large infrastructure and equipment to reuse or recycle source separated food and garden waste that would otherwise be landfilled. The grant program also provides funding for infrastructure that will improve product quality and consistency to ensure strong markets for recycled organics products and, therefore, effective diversion of organics from landfill in NSW.



Food and garden waste remains the largest proportion of waste going to landfill from both homes and business in NSW. The successful diversion and reuse of the organics stream is critical to achieving the target to divert 75 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2021.The $105.5 million Organics Infrastructure Fund ($70 million under the initial Waste Less, Recycle More and a further $35.5 million under the WLRM extension), integrates all the components required for successful diversion of organics from landfill and recovery of organics as a valuable resource including:

  • food waste avoidance
  • food donation and redistribution to people in need
  • organics collections
  • organics processing (this grant program)
  • markets for composted organics
  • regulation and compliance



Grant projects are grouped into four main types or streams. Each stream has its’ own guidelines, application forms and assessment criteria.

This is the first of up to three rounds of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants program (2017-
2021). It follows four previous rounds. Major changes include:

  • Maximum funding for projects under Stream 1 now $3 million, reduced from $5 million in Rounds 1-4
  • Stream 4 ‘Product Quality’ has replaced the previous ‘Home Composting’ stream.

Stream 1 Organics Processing Infrastructure – Grants of up to $3 million, available to for new or enhanced infrastructure by councils, waste companies or composting companies to process food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and/or businesses. This stream supports organisations processing organics generated and source separated by others.

Stream 2 Business Organics Recycling – Grants covering up to 50 per cent of costs of onsite Processing equipment for business. Funding under this stream is NOT available this round.

Stream 3 Food Donation – Grants of up to $500,000, available to food relief agencies for infrastructure, like refrigerated vans and freezers that increase capacity to collect, store and redistribute surplus food from businesses to people in need.

Stream 4 Product Quality – Grants of up to $500,000, available to councils and business for infrastructure, such as decontamination equipment to improve the quality and consistency of organics outputs above regulatory requirements and leading to robust markets for recycled organics.


Eligible Projects

Examples of infrastructure and equipment eligible for funding under Stream 1 Organics Processing Infrastructure include, but are not limited to:

  • New and/or enhanced major organics processing facilities including anaerobic digestion, tunnel composting and windrow composting facilities.
  • Upgrades to composting facilities to decrease the environmental risk where the facility is expanding processing capacity to include food waste.
  • Sheds to enclose the receipt of material and/or early composting stages.
  • Signage and barriers.
  • Engineered compost pads.
  • Shredders for input of materials to composting operations.
  • Preliminary processing equipment e.g. food de-packaging and contamination removal equipment.
  • Trommel screens.
  • Aeration management equipment.
  • Windrow covers.
  • Training in the use of the new equipment.
  • Detailed design costs, where the design costs are less than 5 per cent of the project budget and have been procured from an expert.

Examples of infrastructure and equipment for Stream 3 Food Donation include, but are not limited to:

  • Small delivery vans or trucks (including first year on-road costs).
  • In-vehicle refrigeration.
  • Energy efficient refrigeration equipment.
  • Warehouse shelving.
  • Forklifts
  • Training of staff in the safe use of equipment where the equipment is for collection, storage and/or
    redistribution of donated food that would have previously been landfilled.

Examples of eligible infrastructure and equipment for Stream 4 Product Quality, include but are not limited to:

  • Upgrades to composting facilities to decrease the environmental risk of output material
  • Windrow turners
  • Upgrades to signage and barriers.
  • Management systems and infrastructure for receipt areas.
  • Bag splitting/de-packaging equipment
  • Front end manual or mechanical sorting equipment.
  • Air separation technology.
  • Screens.
  • Onsite laboratory/testing equipment
  • Training in the use of the new equipment
  • Procurement of expert advice on establishment of quality assurance management and testing systems where the advice is less than 5 per cent of the project budget.


Eligible Applicants

Organisations eligible to apply include:

  • businesses that are experienced in waste management and/or organics processing
  • NSW councils
  • groups of councils
  • other local-government controlled organisations (or deemed to have the same local government function)

Eligible organisations must also meet the following conditions to qualify for funding:

  • Complete the Trust’s forms and documents:
    • Part A: Application Form
    • Part B: Application Budget
    • Part C: Project Plan
    • Financial analysis and other supporting documents relevant to the amount of funding being requested
  • Include in your application the names of two senior officers in your organisation (e.g. General Manager, CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Group Manager or Secretary) who can attest to the accuracy of the information within the application.
  • Ensure your application is received by the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Demonstrate in your application that your project is aligned with the program aims and objectives, provides value for money, delivers public benefits, and will deliver significant resource recovery outcomes.
  • Demonstrate that previous government grants have been managed effectively or where previous grants have performed poorly, explain how your organisation’s performance will be improved.
  • Demonstrate that the time required for all necessary planning, regulatory or other approvals has been
    considered and the project is planned, taking these factors into account (experience from previous rounds of the program highlight that longer than anticipated time to gain approvals is a major cause of project delay).
  • Submit projects that will be constructed/commissioned by January 2020 and have six months of throughput data by 30 June 2020.



Applications close 10 August 2017.


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