NSW WLRM Organics Market Development Grants now open

By Virginia Brunton, MRA Consulting Group

EPA logo 2017The NSW EPA has opened round 3 of its $3M Organics Market Development grants under the NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative (WLRM).

The new grants support activities that will improve the demand for recycled organics. The grants aim to facilitate the transition of a supply-driven market for source separated recycled organics material to a market demand model whereby there are robust, sustainable and well-distributed markets for recycled organics products across NSW.

Applicant type Project requirements Funding per applicant Closing date
Local councils, public and private sector organisations, industry associations, NFPs, and community organisations.

Note: Companies that process recycled organics must partner with another eligible applicant to apply. Partnerships are strongly recommended.

Projects must address new supply and market barriers (see detail below) and be completed by January 2021. Between $20,000 and $200,000

What will be funded?

  • Detailed market development, communication activities
  • Development of partnerships to build new customer groups
  • Engagement activities for new markets
  • Technology to measure benefits of compost
  • Project management and administration

What will not be funded?

  • Projects for non source-separated organics outputs
  • Projects which do not actively share information
  • ‘Research only’ projects
  • Operations not directly related to this grant
  • Work conducted outside NSW
  • Commenced/completed activities
November 22, 2018 at 4pm

Projects are to address new supply and market barriers by:

  • Delivering communication/marketing initiatives that increase awareness and knowledge of compost to an identified market, overcoming barriers and increasing demand;
  • Connecting potential markets with suppliers, resulting in ongoing sustainable increase or expansion in demand; and
  • Increasing demand for compost in a particular industry sector, through increasing knowledge of the benefits of compost and strengthening relationships, leading to long-term sustainable increase in demand.

There is only $720,000 available for this round.

MRA has submitted more than 180 WLRM grant applications to date, winning more than $60m in funding for our clients. In the previous rounds of Organics Market Development grants MRA delivered 8 projects in partnership with clients with a value totalling over $850,000.

If your organisation is interested in any of the above grant programs, please contact virginia@mraconsulting.com.au or call 0438 496 834. MRA can provide a one-stop shop to maximise your chances of success.

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