Grant opportunities in Victoria, NSW and Australia-wide

A few grants and funding opportunities have recently opened around the country. See below for details or contact MRA for further information

National

CEFC Australian Recycling Investment Fund

Applicant typeProject requirementsFunding per applicant
Large scale investment involving clean energyEligible projects are required to:
–        Draw on renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies
–        Contribute to emissions reduction
–        Be solely or mainly Australian-based
–        Not involve a prohibited technology (carbon capture and storage, nuclear technology or nuclear power)
–        Be commercial and deliver a positive return
– Debt or equity finance
– A minimum investment size of $10 million is preferred
– Maximum transaction of $200 million
– Smaller scale projects ($10,000 to $5 million) may be eligible for debt finance through CEFC’s co-financiers.
Deadline: ongoing

Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) Grants Round 9

Applicant typeProject requirementsFunding per applicant
Australian business must be the lead applicant.
Each project application must include at least 2 Australian businesses (including 1 SME) and one Australian research organisation.
–        Short-term industry-led collaborative research.
–        Responds to an identified need or market demand.
–        Benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt.
–        Include education and training activities.

Science and Research priorities:
Food, soil & water, transport, cyber security, energy, resources, advanced manufacturing, environmental change, health.

Industry Knowledge priorities:
Advanced manufacturing, cyber security, food and agribusiness, medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, mining equipment, technology and services, oil, gas and energy resources.
$100,000 to $3 million, 50% of eligible project costs
 
What will be funded?
New research, proof of concept activities, pre-commercialisation of research outcomes, industry-focussed education and training, conferences, workshops, other information sharing and communication initiatives.

What will not be funded?
Purchase of land, building, construction and maintenance costs, marketing and promotional costs, routine operational expenses, activities already supported through other sources, retrospective costs.
Deadline: Applications close 5pm Thursday 19 March 2020
Max. project period is 3 years

NSW

$24 million funding announced for AWT operators and councils.

Details yet to be released.

Victoria

Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials

Infrastructure grants for reprocessing & remanufacture of fibre, plastic and glass

Applicant typeProject requirementsFunding per applicant
Stream: Materials (paper & cardboard, plastics and glass) grants
Businesses based, or with operations, in Victoria.
(Individuals, social enterprises, not-for-profits and local governments are not eligible)
Funding available for infrastructure projects (new or upgrades) that:
–        Increase the capacity for large-scale reprocessing and/or remanufacturing for paper & cardboard, plastics and/or glass
–        Improve the quality of available materials for reprocessing and remanufacturing.
 
Projects which provide capability to reprocess and/or remanufacture multiple material streams (e.g. paper & cardboard and plastics and glass) can be considered.
Paper & cardboard projects
–        Up to $8 million capital funding per project.
–        Min. co-contribution of $3 towards every grant $1.

Plastics projects
–        Up to $3 million capital funding per project.
–        Min. co-contribution of $3 towards every grant $1.
–        Projects increasing capacity to process low-value (3-7) plastics will be preferenced.

Glass projects
–        Up to $3 million capital funding per project.
–        Min. co-contribution of $3 towards every grant $1.
 
What will not be funded?
Purchase of land, routine maintenance, ongoing operational costs, site preparation activities, feasibility studies, consultancy or contract work.
Deadline: Two-stage application process.
Expression of Interest closes 3pm, Friday 3 April 2020
Invitation to submit detailed business case approx. June 2020
Project commissioned and operational by 30 March 2024

Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Hazardous (solvent) waste

Infrastructure grants for recycling of solvents

Applicant typeProject requirementsFunding per applicant
Stream: Hazardous Waste (solvents) grants
Businesses based, or with operations, in Victoria with the capability to manage hazardous waste.
(Individuals, social enterprises, not-for-profits and local governments are not eligible)
Funding available for infrastructure projects focused on recycling solvents from liquid hazardous wastes, including management of associated secondary wastes.–        Up to $6 million capital funding per project
–        Minimum co-contribution of $3 towards every grant $1
 
What will be funded?
–        Purchase, installation and commissioning of equipment.
–        Preconstruction activities, such as site clearing and earthworks, directly associated with new equipment.
–      Construction/modification of buildings to house new equipment.
 
What will not be funded?
Purchase of land, routine maintenance, ongoing operational costs, feasibility studies, consultancy or contract work.
Deadline: Two-stage application process.
Expression of Interest closes 3pm, Friday 3 April 2020
Invitation to submit detailed business case approx. June 2020
Project commissioned and operational by 30 March 2024

Investment Support Grants – Packaging

Support for SMEs in packaging supply chain to reduce packaging waste

Applicant typeProject requirementsFunding per applicant
Small to medium enterprises, social enterprises, not-for-profits with:
·     Less than 200 FTE
·     Operations for at least 12 months
·     Project in Victoria.
Funding available for projects that seek to:
–        Reduce generation of packaging waste
–        Increase or improve recovery of packaging waste
–        Manufacture packaging using recovered materials
–        Remanufacture using packaging waste.
 
Projects to involve the following materials:
–        Plastics;
–        Paper and cardboard;
–        Glass; or
–        Rubber.
(Projects to primarily recover metals are ineligible.)
Grants up to $50,000 available (1:1 matched co-contribution)
–        SME can contribute up to 25% of their co-contribution as in-kind (other government funding cannot be included in the co-contribution).
–        NFPs and social enterprises con contribute up to 50% of their co-contribution as in-kind (other government funding can be included in the co-contribution).
 
What will be funded?
–        Piloting new systems, processes or technologies
–        Acquiring additional plant & equipment
–        Expanding facilities to increase resource recovery on premises
–        Works to house new equipment
–        Research, development and demonstration.
Deadline: Applications close March 2021, or earlier if funds exhausted.
Projects to be completed within 12 months of signing the funding agreement.

MRA has submitted more than 200 grant applications to date, winning more than $60m in funding for our clients.

We can provide a one-stop shop to maximise your chances of success and can assist by:

  • Preparing grant proposals on your behalf;
  • Reviewing grant proposals;
  • Source equipment providers;
  • Provide costings on infrastructure;
  • Prepare the business case; and
  • All of the necessary financial feasibility analysis requirements.

If your organisation is interested in any of the above grant programs, please contact Emma Yuen on emma@mraconsulting.com.au or on 0416 474 642 or info@mraconsulting.com.au or on (02) 8541 6169.