Waste Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse Grant

Up to $50,000 is available to promote and facilitate the more sustainable use of consumable materials and resources

 

About

The Waste Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse grant program is intended to promote and facilitate the more sustainable use of consumable materials and resources. The Waste Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse grant program is seeking projects that operate at the ‘avoidance’, ‘reduction’, or ‘reuse’ levels of the waste hierarchy and that can reach a large number of people. Waste Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse grant funding will be considered for projects, programs and infrastructure that support:

Avoidance and Reduction:

  • design for environment
  • campaigns, publications, exhibitions, public displays, education and training
  • leaner production and maintenance, materials substitution and efficiency
  • sustainable consumption and procurement

 Reuse:

  • repair and remanufacture,
  • redistribution of goods
  • alternative uses.

Project criteria

 Eligible Waste Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse grant projects must:

  • target at least one of the funding priority materials listed on page five of the guideline
  • operate at a higher level than ‘recycling’ on the waste hierarchy, i.e. ‘avoidance’, ‘reduction’ or ‘reuse’
  • contribute at least 50% of funding (excluding in‑kind contributions) from sources other than Commonwealth or State Government funds
  • be carried out in South Australia
  • have a clear implementation timetable including necessary approvals, commissioning, operation, monitoring and evaluation and be implemented and reported on within 18 months of the grant being offered
  •  can demonstrate measurable outcomes and return on investment.

Waste Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse grant funds will not be available for:

  • existing technology and processes
  • retrospective projects (activities for which funding is matched must start after applications are received and assessed)
  • waste avoidance, reduction or reuse activities that are required by law
  • projects focusing on export/overseas recycling commodity markets
  • staff development, interstate or overseas travel, conference tours
  • day to day costs associated with running an organisation
  • research and development activities
  • motor vehicles or trucks (specialised collection vehicles may be considered)
  • advertising costs
  • salaries of any kind.

 

Funding priorities for 2011–12

The Waste Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse grants target the following materials:

  • Food waste
  • Writing and printing paper arising from the commercial sector
  • E-waste such as personal computers, printers, televisions, VCRs/DVDs, telephones
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Carpet
  • Leather and textiles (e.g. clothing)
  • Household furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Used or unwanted paint
  • Industrial residues
  • Other materials may be considered based on environmental, social and economic benefits and impacts.

Available funding

Zero Waste SA has allocated $100,000 for the Waste Avoidance, Reduction and Reuse Grants in 2011-2012. Applications for grants in the range $20,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 (excluding GST) per project are sought. As the grant is available throughout the financial year but must be implemented and reported on within 18 months, applicants are advised to submit an application only when proposals are fully developed.

Open call grants for this program are also proposed in 2012-13 and 2013-14 with indicative funding for these years highlighted in Zero Waste SA’s Business Plan (refer www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au).

The grants will pay a maximum of 50% of eligible project costs. You must be able to demonstrate that you can, at a minimum, match that funding from other sources (excluding any government funding). You may not include ‘in-kind’ (non-financial) payments as matching funds.

Zero Waste SA reserves the right to waive the requirement for matching funds for community groups and not for profit organisations.

 

Assessment

Applications that meet eligibility criteria will be assessed against the funding priorities and the following criteria:

  • Reach: the extent to which the project reaches a large number of people.
  • Behaviour change: the extent to which the project helps to guide social change towards models of sustainable consumption.
  • Waste hierarchy: the extent to which the project applies principles of waste avoidance, and/or reduction and/or reuse.
  • Multiple benefits: the extent to which the project delivers multiple benefits beyond reduced consumption of resources / materials e.g. deliver social, other environmental and economic benefits.
  • Financial viability: the extent to which the application demonstrates the financial viability of the company / organisation and the project including relevant experience of the people involved
  • Innovation: the extent to which the project demonstrates new and innovative approaches.
  • Timing: the extent to which the project can be implemented and reported on within 18 month of the grant offer (signed grant agreement).

 

More information

Status: Open from January 14 2012 until 5pm June 30 2012.

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