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Funding for communities to reduce waste, reuse resources and improve energy efficiency

By March 4, 2022March 9th, 2022No Comments
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The Victorian Government has opened a new round of funding for communities to reduce waste, reuse resources and improve energy efficiency.

Funding is available for community groups, not-for-profits and social enterprises to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. They can also be used to develop projects that tackle waste in innovative ways, such as repair cafes, community worm farms and compost hubs, and re-purposing, re-using and recycling everyday items.

Recycling Victoria Communities Fund

Do you have a bright idea for making your local community more sustainable by reusing, repairing, recycling or sharing items that would otherwise go to landfill?

The Recycling Victoria Communities Fund can help turn your ideas into reality, with grants of between $25,000 and $250,000 available for not-for-profits, charities, community organisations and social enterprises based in Victoria.

The grants can be used for projects such as repair cafes, sharing centres, community composting and more.

Some of the successful round one projects included:

  • an UpCycle Repair hub where youth receive training to recycle old bicycles
  • a program to dehydrate and compost organic waste from local hospitality businesses
  • equipping Vinnies stores to be able to resell donated electrical items and rolling out an e-waste community education program across Victoria.

Applications close 11:59 pm 31 March 2022

Click here for more information and to apply.

Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program

Apply now for grants of up to $50,000 to upgrade the energy efficiency of your community group’s Victorian facility and adopt renewable energy solutions to:

  • have greater control over your energy bills
  • provide backup energy storage in the case of a power outage
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • create a building that is comfortable year-round.

Successful recipients from round one were awarded funding to:

  • upgrade to energy efficient appliances
  • switch to energy efficient LED lighting
  •  install shade awnings
  • install roof-top solar panels
  • install solar battery storage.

Who can apply

  • Community groups that own their own facility are welcome to apply directly for funding.
  • Community groups that operate in a local government owned facility can apply in partnership with their local government, who would be the lead applicant.

Applications close 11:59 pm Monday 4 April 2022

Click here for more information and to apply.