Organics Infrastructure: Stream 1 - Processing Infrastructure

This stream of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants program funds the establishment or upgrading of organics processing facilities.

This program is now open, closing 5pm Thursday, 21 October 2021.

Program streams

The Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program has the following 5 streams:

  1. Organics Processing Infrastructure (this stream)
  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 delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environmental Trust and the NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.


The Organics Processing Infrastructure stream aims to improve processing capacity for source separated food and garden organics collected from households and commercial and industrial businesses across New South Wales to divert waste that would previously have gone to landfill.

Funding available

Grants of between $25,000 and $2 million are available to:

  • build or expand processing infrastructure for source separated organics, including source separated food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and businesses
  • upgrade existing alternative waste treatment (AWT) facilities to process source separated food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and businesses.

Grants will cover up to 50% of detailed design costs and capital costs for equipment.

Who can apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • operators of the 5 existing NSW alternative waste treatment facilities
  • NSW local councils
  • groups of NSW councils
  • businesses.

When can applications be made?

This program is now open to applications.

Business case advisory service

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) provides a free business case advisory service to support eligible applicants to prepare their grant applications. This service is provided by an independent contractor. Under the business case advisory service the EPA provides up to 16 hours of support to eligible prospective applicants.

For further information about the advisory service, please refer to the guidelines for applicants. To apply you must submit the advisory service application form to the EPA by 5pm Thursday, 14 October 2021.

If you are successful in obtaining funding for your project, you will need to provide regular reports on your progress.

Project measures table

A project measures table will be provided to you with your grant agreement. The project measures table will assist with setting the project baseline, creating targets, recording progress and project achievements.

An updated project measures table will need to be submitted with each progress report.

Progress reports and final report

You are required to submit milestone (progress) reports at agreed intervals to outline what your project has achieved and next steps.

Milestone reports are submitted to the Environmental Trust, who will check to ensure that expenditure is as per the agreed budget. The reports will also be reviewed by technical experts who may provide feedback or advice. Once reviewed and accepted the associated payment will be processed.

A final report will be required upon completion of the project, and once checked and approved the final payment will be made.

Please use milestone report form (DOCX 75KB) and final report form (DOCX 75KB) for these reports.

Financial reports

You must submit a statement of expenditure with each milestone report. A certified financial report will be required as part of the final report.

Other documents

You may be required to submit other documents or evidence as listed in your grant agreement.

Where to send reports

Please email reports and other documents to (50MB limit).

Acknowledgement requirement

You are required to acknowledge the funding you have received from the Trust in all publications and materials related to your project. Please use the wording below:

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

You also need to use the NSW Government logo. See Funding acknowledgement and logos for details.

  • In 2020 (round 8) a total of $1,000,000 was allocated to 1 project.
  • In 2019 (round 7) a total of $6,847,875 was allocated to 7 projects.
  • In 2018 (round 6) 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.

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