New waste education grants to support Victoria’s waste strategy
Sustainability Victoria has launched three new waste education grant programs: improving resource recovery, Love Food Hate Waste local engagement support, and litter and illegal dumping.
Improving resource recovery supports local governments to deliver behaviour change programs, targeting contamination and resource recovery.
Improving Resource Recovery Grants
Victorian local governments can access up to $8,500 to design, deliver and evaluate innovative waste education projects that tackle contamination issues in their local area. The projects must aim to improve resource recovery and/or reduce contamination in kerbside services (commingled recycling or organics) for households or small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
The Resource Recovery Grants are a new kind of support program, which requires applicants to complete a two-stage process. These are:
- Participation in a two-day co-design forum in Melbourne where their local issue will be shared with a small group, and an innovative waste education project developed (9 to 10 May).
- Delivery and evaluation of the project developed in stage 1.
(Participation in the design forum does not guarantee funding. Similarly, councils participating in the design forum are not obligated to apply for funding under stage 2. However to be eligible for funding stage 1 must be completed.)
This approach was piloted in 2016, with eight local governments successfully designing, delivering and evaluating interventions developed at a co-design forum in February 2016. The project outcomes will be used to develop a knowledge bank to be shared across Victoria to support local governments to tackle resource recovery issues. Eligible applicants will be required to match funding provided by SV under this program. Improving Resource Recovery Research Project Grants aim to support the Victorian Waste Education Strategy to improve resource recovery and reduce contamination.
Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Grants
The Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Grants program is offering tiered grants up to $10,000 to support food waste avoidance activities or programs, providing an opportunity for Sustainability Victoria to further support localised implementation of its successful Love Food, Hate Waste statewide education campaign.
Grants will be offered to co-fund opportunities with local government, Waste and Resource Recovery Groups, community organisations and educational institutions (schools and higher education institutions) to deliver tailored, local Love Food Hate Waste activities to their communities. Grants may be for one-off events (Tier 1) or a program of activities (Tier 2).
The aim of the local Love Food Hate Waste activities will be to increase community engagement about the Love Food Hate Waste program and raise awareness of the problem of food waste, how to avoid it and the economic and environmental benefit of doing so.
The Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Grants aim to support delivery the Victorian Waste Education Strategy, to increase community awareness of waste, and support and encourage waste avoidance.
Litter and Illegal Dumping Grants
Grants of up to $10,000 will be offered to co-fund opportunities for local government and land managers to address priority litter issues as identified in the Victorian Litter Report Card, launched in August 2016.
The grants will fund interventions and activities aimed at preventing littering in retail areas affecting waterways and illegal dumping in green spaces.
This grant program will build on a broader range of activities Sustainability Victoria is coordinating under the reduction of litter and illegal dumping, including illegal dumping enforcement training (carried out in partnership with the Environment Protection Authority), development of GIS based illegal dumping tools to enable mapping of scale and location of illegal dumping hotspots (lead by the Victorian Litter Action Alliance) and build on the learnings from Victorian Litter Innovation Fund projects.
Litter and Illegal Dumping Grants aim to support the delivery of the Victorian Litter Plan Statewide litter issues and the Victorian Waste Education Strategy to reduce litter and illegal dumping.
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