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Funding and grants

Organic Waste Smart Schools Program

The Organic Waste Smart Schools Program (the Program) is open to eligible Queensland state schools.

Grants of up to $2,500 are available for the purchase of equipment to deliver organic waste avoidance and resource recovery projects that meet the Program’s objectives. The Program is an open competitive grant process, with some funding dedicated to support applications from regional and remote areas.

Applications close on Friday 29 October 2021.

Who can apply?

Applications can be made by or on behalf of an eligible Queensland state school by teachers, and affiliated Parents and Citizens (P&C) or Parents and Friends Associations (P&F).

To ensure equitable access to funding for eligible schools across Queensland, funding has been dedicated to three streams.

Eligible applicants

Total funding pool

Stream one

State Schools and their affiliated P&C or P&F located in Major Cities and Inner Regional areas.

$275,000

Stream two

State Schools and their affiliated P&C or P&F located in Outer Regional areas.

$150,000

Stream three

State Schools and their affiliated P&C and P&F located in Remote and Very Remote areas.

$75,000

Applicants may confirm their school’s remoteness area by searching the Schools Directory.

Which projects are eligible?

A range of projects are eligible to receive funding as long as they include the purchase of equipment that is used to reduce organic waste.

Below are some examples of the type of projects that could be supported:

  • organic waste related infrastructure such as worm farms, composting systems or other organic systems
  • organic waste related signage to encourage positive behaviour change
  • source separation bins, specifically to increase organic recycling and reduce what goes to landfill.

The organic waste project/s outlined in your application should address an existing waste or resource recovery challenge at your school. The project/s must be in addition to or different to activities that are already being conducted. Business-as-usual activities or activities that are already funded will not be supported.

How to plan your project

Planning and engagement are ideal ways to understand the organic waste problems faced at your school.

These resources are designed to help applicants gain an understanding of the appetite and barriers to change and provide a baseline so that schools can track changes before and after the project is implemented. Use of these resources is not a mandatory part of the application process but is highly recommended to ensure waste is reduced.

Resources

How to apply

  1. Read the Organic Waste Smart Schools Program guidelines (PDF, 397 KB) before starting your application.
  2. Read the funding Terms and Conditions. These must be acknowledged when you submit your application.
  3. Obtain your principal’s endorsement for your project. Complete this endorsement letter (DOCX, 27 KB) and submit it with your application.
  4. Complete your online application through the SmartyGrants online grants portal.

All applications must be submitted through the SmartyGrants online grants portal. If you already have a SmartyGrants account, you can log in using your existing details. New users will need to set up a free account. If you experience technical difficulties creating an account or completing an online form, contact SmartyGrants on (03) 9320 6888.

All applicants will be notified of outcomes by the end of November 2021.

Questions about the program?

Please refer to the Organic Waste Smart Schools Program guidelines (PDF, 397 KB) and the Terms and Conditions.

If you need further information, please contact DES Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs on (07) 3330 5164 or at wasteprograms@des.qld.gov.au.

Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) Kerbside Collection Trial

Food organics and garden organics (FOGO) make up around half of the waste that households throw out each week.

Townsville, Rockhampton and Lockyer Valley councils have been funded to trial a FOGO kerbside collection system for one year, as follows:

  • Townsville City Council - $220,000
  • Rockhampton Regional Council - $230,000
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council - $320,000.

As part of the trial, each council will provide an additional bin to a sample of households and test collection frequencies, infrastructure types and community engagement methods.

The trials will provide information to help local governments identify whether a FOGO service is suitable for their region, while diverting hundreds of tonnes of organic waste from landfill.

Case studies on learnings from the trial will be published in early 2023.

Food Rescue Grant Program

The Food Rescue Grant Program provides 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.

Successful grant recipients 
Recipient Project Description Funding Allocated
SecondBite SecondBite will purchase three new refrigerated trucks to replace aging vehicles and increase their rescue capacity. $200,000
FoodBank Foodbank Queensland will purchase three electronic weight gauges for their trucks, and a 14-pallet refrigerated truck to replace their aging 5-pallet truck, allowing them to rescue additional food from existing suppliers. $200,000
OzHarvest OzHarvest will purchase two new refrigerated trucks and cover driver wages, vehicle operation and logistics costs to extend their services across south Brisbane and expand into Townsville. $200,000
Integrated Family and Youth Service Administration (IFYS) IFYS through their Urban Angels Community Kitchen will purchase additional insulated iceboxes, cover operational costs and wages to expand their operations and independently source food from suppliers on the Sunshine Coast. $48,840
The Rock Family and Community Support Inc. The Rock Family and Community Support Inc. will purchase a new refrigerated truck and employ a part-time driver to rescue food, including perishable foods, from new sources.  $95,109
FareShare FareShare will expand their existing operations by constructing a second cool room, purchasing an additional forklift, and hiring an additional staff member, greatly increasing their storage and rescue capacity. $161,673

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 $88,819
Anuha – Peace Lutheran Church $85,860
Banana Shire Council $72,160
Biloela Recycling $11,550
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council $187,500
Burdekin Shire Council $250,000
Burke Shire Council $250,000
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 $187,593
Goondiwindi Regional Council $37,252
Gough Plastics $20,000
JMJ Tyre Recycling $187,500
Livingstone Shire Council $107,040
Mackay Re.Group $187,500
MAMS Group $55,550
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 $250,000
Shark Recyclers $152,629
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 80 000 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.