Organics Infrastructure: Stream 1 - Processing Infrastructure

Organics Processing Infrastructure one of the streams of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program. It funds the building or upgrading of organics processing facilities.

This program is now open to applications. Applications close 3pm Thursday 29 August 2019.

Program streams

The $54 million Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program has 5 streams:

  1. Organics Processing Infrastructure (this page)
  2. Business Organics Recycling
  3. Food Donation
  4. Product Quality
  5. Transfer Stations

The Home Composting stream is no longer offered.

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program is funded by the Environmental Trust (the Trust) and delivered through a partnership between the Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

Purpose

The Organics Processing Infrastructure stream funds the purchase of infrastructure and equipment for processing organic waste.

Funding available

Grants of between $25,000 and $3 million are available to cover up to 50% of a project’s capital costs.

Business case advisory service

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) offers a business case advisory service to help you with the completion of some of the application documents, such as the financial analysis and the cost-benefit analysis. This service is free.

Your business case is a key component of your application and highlights the feasibility of your proposed infrastructure project. You don’t have to use the advisory service but we encourage you to do so.

To apply you must submit a Business case advisory service application form (download from the Guidelines and applications forms section) to the EPA.

Who can apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • businesses experienced in waste management or organics processing
  • NSW local councils or groups of these councils
  • organisations controlled by local government or deemed to have a local-government function.

When can applications be made?

This program is currently open for applications.

Project measures table

Use the project measures table (XLSX 69KB) to help you set the baseline for your project (its starting point), create targets and record progress. In this way you can quickly check how you’re tracking and record your achievements.

You’ll need to update and submit the project measures table every time you report on your project’s progress.

Progress reports and final report

As you move through your project you’ll have to submit milestone (progress) reports. These will outline what you’ve achieved and what you’ll do next.

Milestone reports are reviewed by technical experts who ensure you’re on the right track and give you feedback or advice. Your report is also reviewed by the Environmental Trust to ensure that expenditure is on track and in accordance with the agreed budget. After we've reviewed and accepted your report we’ll pay your next grant instalment.

When your project is finished you’ll have to submit a final report that outlines what it has achieved.

Use the milestone report form (DOCX 75KB) and final reporting form (DOCX 75KB) for these reports.

Financial reports

You must submit a statement of expenditure with each of your milestone reports. Grantees will be sent their financial spreadsheet with their executed funding agreements. You will need to submit a certified financial report as part of your final report.

Other documents

You may also have to submit some other documents or evidence. They’ll be listed in the grant agreement we send you.

Where to send reports

Please email reports and other documents to waste.recycling@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au (50MB limit).

Acknowledgement requirement

You are required to acknowledge the funding you’ve received from the Trust in all publications and materials related to your project. Use the wording below:

This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

You also need to use the logos of the NSW Government and the NSW Environment Protection Authority. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.
  • In 2018 a total of $7,041,851 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2017 (round 5) a total of $2,704,912 was allocated to 4 projects.
  • In 2016 (round 4) a total of $1,780,500 was allocated to 5 projects.
  • In 2015 (round 3) a total of $11,582,309 was allocated to 10 projects.
  • In 2014 (round 2) a total of $7,182,850 was allocated to 7 projects.
  • In 2013 (round 1) a total of $13,17,637 was allocated to 8 projects.

Project summaries