Funding and grants

Container Refund Scheme Small Scale Infrastructure Grants Program

This Container Refund Scheme Small Scale Infrastructure Grants Program provides $1 million for projects that improve access to container refund and donation points across Queensland.

Round 1 provides funding in two categories:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils
    Up to $50,000 to establish container refund points and associated container collection and storage infrastructure in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Community groups and not-for-profit organisations
    Up to $10,000 to provide infrastructure and equipment for the collection and security of containers at donation points across Queensland.

More information about the grants program, including the application process and eligibility requirements, is available in the program guidelines (PDF, 931KB).

Eligible projects

Funding is to be used for infrastructure and materials directly required for the initial establishment of a container refund or donation point, for example:

  • fencing, signage, CCTV
  • infrastructure for the collection, counting, sorting or storage of returned containers
  • equipment required to commence operation of a refund point (PPE, balers etc.)
  • equipment required to transport collected containers from container refund points to a processor.

Key dates

Applications open: 21 October 2018

Applications close:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils: Friday 30 November 2018
  • Community groups and not-for-profit organisations: Friday 25 January 2019


All applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants. Please ensure you have read the program guidelines (PDF, 931KB) before starting your application.

New users will need to set up a free online SmartyGrants account.

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 the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.

Key dates

  • Stream One Expression of Interest closed on Friday 5 October 2018.

Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program

The 2018–19 Local Government Levy Ready Grants Program provides $5 million in funding to assist local councils with waste disposal facility infrastructure upgrades prior to the proposed introduction of the waste disposal levy on 1 July 2019.

On 14 December 2018, approved projects under the 2018–19 LGLRGP were announced.