Recycling Victoria Councils Fund

Recycling Victoria Councils Fund

What is the Recycling Victoria Councils Fund?

The Recycling Victoria Councils Fund is a 4-year program designed to assist Victorian Councils and Alpine Resort Management Boards to implement projects which enable them to transition towards a circular economy.



Grants focus on local and regional circular economy projects which:

  • decrease the volume of waste to landfill
  • increase the volume of material reused, repaired, repurposed or recycled
  • increase circular economy activity, which also stimulates local employment and economic growth.



Two funding streams are available in year one:

  • Stream 1: Feasibility – Enabling applicants to explore localised circular economy solutions.
    • Individual application: up to $20,000 to scope eligible project viability and contribute to establishing a business case for a project to be implemented in the future.
    • Collaborative Partnership application: up to $80,000 for a collaborative feasibility project between Councils and/or Alpine Resort Management Boards
  • Stream 2: Implementation – Enabling applicants to implement circular economy projects that have a feasibility study or have evidence the project is ready to implement, e.g. via a business case or a similar successful project which councils can replicate.
    • Individual application: between $80,000 and $250,000
    • Collaborative Partnership application: up to $500,000 is available to applicants that partner with one or more Councils and/or Alpine Resort Management Boards to undertake an implementation project.


Eligible Projects

Funding will be provided for:

  • Dedicated staff costs/project management costs for new roles or extension of hours to existing roles, where increased staff time is 100% dedicated to delivery of the project; and
  • Marketing, advertising, promotional costs.

Stream 1: Feasibility

Project costs may include:

  • business case development, feasibility studies, consultancy or contract work required for the project
  • research, development and demonstration
  • project activities focused on scoping a project to obtain robust analysis of the localised solution.

Project examples may include:

  • identify opportunities to increase the collection, separation and processing of recovered material
  • understand the tangible benefits of local circular economy options both on their operations and in their communities
  • understand different constraints, options and opportunities for regional and metropolitan councils
  • identify connections with council procurement and purchasing.

Stream 2: Implementation

Project costs may include:

  • capital purchases (e.g. infrastructure or equipment)
  • pre-construction (site preparation) such as site clearing, earthworks or site accessibility works
  • project permit, licensing, approval costs
  • purchase of vehicles, where equipment is integral for the project to occur and council demonstrates they are unable to proceed with the project without funding for the vehicle
  • leasing of equipment
  • other innovative projects may be considered provided they align with the Fund objectives
  • project activities focused on implementing an evidence based localised solution.

Project examples may include:

  • facilitate local circular economy solutions
  • collaborate with other councils/businesses/NGOs in identifying and implementing circular economy solutions
  • decrease waste materials being sent to landfill, including priority materials such as glass, organics, e-waste, plastics, tyres
  • decrease waste materials being sent to landfill, including non-priority materials such as aggregates, textiles
  • increase the volume of materials reused, repurposed, repaired or recycled with improved value locally
  • promote the circular economy within their communities and increase local employment and economic activity.

Funding will be provided for projects that have received funding or support for the same activities from other sources up to a maximum co-contribution allowed (50% of the financial co-contribution).


Eligible Applicants

To apply, you must:

  • be a Victorian local government authority or an alpine resort management board
  • co-contribute $1:$1 at a minimum
  • agree to comply with the Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions and Terms of Participation in Grant Programs.

Applicants are encouraged to contact their respective Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Groups (WRRG) to discuss their proposal and ensure it aligns with their regional WRRG plan. WRRGs can support Councils and Alpine Resort Management Boards with their application but cannot recommend projects for funding.



Applications close 19 March 2021.


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