Funding open for community circular economy projects

By Lucy Jones  March 7th, 2022

A $3 million dollar boost to sharing, reuse, repair and recycling initiatives in Victoria.

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Attention all budding circular economy pioneers in Victoria: funding is open for community projects based on sharing, reuse, repair, repurposing or recycling. This is your chance to help your community preserve resources, learn new skills and reduce waste.

There is up to $3.1 million up for grabs through Sustainability Victoria's Recycling Victoria Communities Fund. The grants are open to any projects that use resources in a smarter way, from repair cafes and tool libraries to compost hubs and worm farms.

There are two grant streams available for circular economy projects — one for local community projects and one for regional projects delivered over a large geographical area. The grants are open to charities, community groups, social enterprises and non-for-profits.

Projects funded in the first grant round include a bicycle repair hub, an e-waste education program for St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and the expansion of Reground’s coffee ground collection service to 19 local government areas and 100 businesses in Victoria.

Applications close on Thursday 31 March 2022 at 11:59 pm. Head here for more information about the Stream 1 and Stream 2 grants and to apply.

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Lucy Jones

Lucy started her career working as a writer and editor in print and digital publishing. She went on to create content for Australia's leading sustainable fashion platform while completing her Master of Cultural Studies. Lucy spends her downtime at the beach, crocheting and hanging out with her cat Larry. She believes words can change the world and is stoked to help Planet Ark spread the message of positive environmental change.

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