Organics Infrastructure: Stream 5 - Transfer Stations

Transfer Stations is one of the streams of the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program. It funds up to 50% of capital costs to establish new or upgrade existing transfer stations for food and/or garden organics.

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

Program streams

The $57 million Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Grants Program has five streams:

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

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


The Transfer Stations stream aims to improve source separated food or food and garden recovery by supporting the development of new or upgraded transfer stations in the metropolitan waste levy paying area.

Funding available

Grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 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 completion of some of the application documents. Thisservice 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 (download from the Guidelines and application forms section below) to the EPA.

Who can apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • businesses that currently collect or process food or food and garden organics
  • NSW councils in the metropolitan waste levy area
  • groups of NSW councils in the metropolitan waste levy area
  • other local-government controlled organisations (or organisations deemed to have the same local government function).

When can applications be made?

This program is currently open to 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.

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 says what it has achieved.

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

Financial reports

You must submit a statement of expenditure with each of your milestone reports. 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 (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.