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Funding and grants

Food Rescue Grant Program

Open for applications

The $850,000 Food Rescue Grant Program (the Program) is now open for applications.

The Program will provide grants of up to $200,000 to food rescue organisations for infrastructure, equipment and operational costs to divert additional food from landfill and redistribute it to Queenslanders in need.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a not-for-profit organisation incorporated under section 111K of the Corporations Act 2001.
  • Be an organisation with the primary purpose of food rescue and providing food relief to Queenslanders.
  • Have operations established in Queensland.
  • Rescue food directly from a source where the food would otherwise go to landfill (e.g. a farm, supermarket or markets).

For more information about the Program and its eligibility requirements please refer to the Program Guidelines (PDF, 698 KB) and the Program FAQs (PDF, 211 KB) .

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the SmartyGrants Portal by 5pm 13 April 2021.

Applicants will also be required to fill out and submit an excel sheet of project tonnage and costings as part of their SmartyGrants application, Food Rescue Applicant Calculations (XLSX, 46 KB) .

Setting up a SmartyGrants account is free and previous SmartyGrants users can use the same account. Please ensure you are authorised to make an application on behalf of your charity.

If you experience technical difficulty creating a SmartyGrants account or completing an online form, please view the help guide or contact SmartyGrants on (03) 9320 6888.

More information

For further information, please contact the Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs team via phone (07) 3330 5164 or email at wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au

2020–2021 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program

The 2020–21 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program (the program) provides grants to local governments in the levy zone to upgrade or close and transition small waste disposal sites to ensure compliance with the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (the Act) by 30 June 2021. Eligible sites are:

  • sites authorised to dispose less than 2,000 tonnes of waste per year, and
  • subject to a temporary exemption from the requirement to measure and record waste under section 325 of the Act.

The program closed for applications on 6 November 2020.

Successful grant recipients

Approximately $980,000 in grant funding has been awarded to successful applicants.

The following local governments were successful in receiving funding.

Local Government

Project Description

Funding allocated

Banana Shire Council Cracow Waste Transfer Station – funding to close and cap the Cracow landfill and transition the site to a secure, limited access waste transfer station. $148,570.16
Toowoomba Regional Council Closure of Emu Creek Landfill and Transition to a Bin Station – funding to close and cap the Emu Creek landfill and transition the site to a rural bin station. $151,009.29
Western Downs Regional Council Construction of the Bell Waste & Recycling Centre (Transfer Station) - funding to construct a contemporary waste and recycling centre at the Bell landfill. $340,409.74
Western Downs Regional Council Construction of the Ducklo Waste & Recycling Centre (Transfer Station) – funding to construct a contemporary waste and recycling centre at the Ducklo landfill. $202,979.73
Whitsunday Regional Council Mt Coolon Waste Services Improvement Project – funding to close and cap the Mt Coolon landfill and construct a transfer station. $134,564.65

The Program is being administered by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DSDILGP).

For further information, please visit DSDILGP’s website.

The Charitable Recyclers Reimbursement Program

The Charitable Recyclers Reimbursement Program (the Program) provides funding to reimburse waste levy payments made by eligible charitable recycling entities who were unable to use their existing Certificate of Exempt Waste under section 28 of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 (the Act).

To be eligible, an applicant must be a charitable recycling entity with an approved Certificate of Exempt Waste under section 28 of the Act. Applications must also be made by the legal entity that holds the Certificate of Exempt Waste.

Applicants are able to apply for reimbursement on a quarterly basis.

More information about the Program, eligibility and application process is available in the Program guidelines (PDF, 765 KB) .

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the Department’s SmartyGrants portal.

Setting up a SmartyGrants account is free and previous SmartyGrants users can use the same account. Please ensure you are authorised to make an application on behalf of your charity.

If you experience technical difficulty creating a SmartyGrants account or completing an online form, please view the help guide or contact SmartyGrants on (03) 9320 6888.

Evidence and data sheet

Evidence of disposed charitable waste that was subject to levy payments during the relevant period must be supplied with your application. This evidence must include:

  • invoices that demonstrate the tonnage or volume of charitable waste disposed, and
  • a completed data sheet (XLSX, 33 KB) to outline eligible levy liability.

More information

For further information, please contact the Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs team via phone (07) 3330 5164 or email at: wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au

Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package

The Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP) (PDF, 884 KB) is a $6 million fund to support resource recovery and recycling in regional Queensland.

The program seeks to:

  • provide interim support for regional Queensland to divert more resources from landfill and recycle additional material
  • facilitate recycling which is currently unviable due to transport costs
  • reduce the environmental and social impacts of waste on regional communities.

Grants of up to $250,000 have been allocated to regional businesses, councils and charities. These grants will help fund the cost of transporting recyclable material from regional Queensland to facilities where it can be recovered or processed and turned into new products.

Successful grant recipients

Successful applicants under the RRTAP have now been announced and include 32 projects, with a combined total value of $26.65 million project costs, spanning all areas of the State.

The following organisations were successful (including funding received):

Organisation Funding received
Amdett Services & Plastic Recycling $190,395
Anuha – Peace Lutheran Church $85,860
Banana Shire Council $144,320
Biloela Recycling $24,000
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council $187,500
Burdekin Shire Council $250,000
Burke Shire Council $130,000
Cairns Regional Council $250,000
Carpentaria Shire Council $200,000
Central Highlands Regional Council $173,644
Cook Shire Council $105,677
Douglas Shire Council $187,500
Endeavour Foundation $178,523
Gladstone Regional Council $131,375
Goondiwindi Regional Council $37,252
Gough Plastics $20,000
JMJ Tyre Recycling $187,500
Livingstone Shire Council $73,957
Mackay Re.Group $187,500
MAMS Group $185,421
Maranoa Regional Council $228,000
Mareeba Shire Council $51,548
Murweh Shire Council $250,000
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council $221,000
Paroo Shire Council $250,000
Rockhampton Regional Council $176,760
Shark Recyclers $250,000
Southern Downs Regional Council $250,000
Tablelands Regional Council $46,000
Townsville City Council $71,933
Townsville Re.Group $187,500
Whitsunday Regional Council $224,323

This funding will facilitate the transport of an estimated 100 000 tonnes of recyclable material for recycling. Projects funded will deliver significant waste and environmental outcomes in regional Queensland, as well as supporting and growing regional job opportunities.

RRTAP recipients are required to prepare quarterly and final project reports. Costings spreadsheets (XLSX, 58 KB) are also required when submitting these reports, to outline eligible project expenditure for the quarter.

For further information, please contact the department's Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs area via phone (07) 3330 5164, or email wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au.

Resource Recovery Industry Development Program

The Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) provides $100 million in funding and other support over three years to develop a high-value resource recovery industry in Queensland.

The RRIDP offers three streams tailored to attract a range of projects requiring different levels and types of assistance.

Stream 1: Dollar-for-dollar capital grants of between $50,000 and $5 million to provide funding for infrastructure projects which will enhance or build new facilities or for capital investments in new processing and technological capabilities.

Stream 2: Broad incentives to attract or expand major resource recovery operations that will divert significant amounts of waste from landfill, reduce or prevent stockpiling and recover substantial resources.

Stream 3: Support toward capital intensive, long lifecycle projects that require a contribution towards investigations to assist with investment decisions for Queensland.

For more information and how to apply, visit Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.