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Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Waste Community Assistance Grants

Contact Officer

Jayde Rankin
Grants Administration Officer
Phone: 02 6499 2222
Email Council

Funds available:
Category A = $10,000
Category B = $20,000
Category C = $20,000
Category D = $5,000

 

Applications

Grant Guidelines

Background

Bega Valley Shire Council recognizes the importance and significance of supporting volunteers, non-profit organisations, community groups and education providers in delivering programs and projects that have clear community benefit and align with Councils waste minimisation strategies.

Overall grant program objectives

The Program aims to encourage and assist community involvement in the management of waste minimisation and education for the benefit of the whole region.

Grant program details

The Bega Valley Shire Council has allocated $35,000 per annum for the Community Waste Assistance Grants program to support Schools and Community deliver waste related projects that support the themes of the Bega Valley Shire Council’s Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy 2018-2028:

  • Theme 1. Avoid and reduce waste generation
  • Theme 2. Increase recycling
  • Theme 3. Divert more waste from landfill
  • Theme 4. Manage problem wastes better
  • Theme 5. Reduce litter
  • Theme 6. Reduce illegal dumping 

Grants are available from the following four categories:

Category A – Schools Waste Projects (maximum of $2,000 per project)

Year 1 – August 2019 - CLOSED
Year 2 – August 2020 - CLOSED
Year 3 – August 2021 - CLOSED

The ‘Let’s get it sorted’ program is available to all schools within the Bega Valley Shire region to implement waste related activities and/or education projects.

This program will be offered over a three year period in conjunction with Bournda Environmental Education Centre for projects with one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Encourage and foster sustainable waste management behaviour amongst the school community
  • Promote the reduce, reuse and recycle message
  • Increase community awareness of BVSC’s waste facilities and their role
  • Supports waste strategies undertaken by Council
  • Supports innovative waste management projects

The following schools are participating in the program:

2020/21

2019/20

2020/21 program:

  • Mumbulla School, Pambula Public School, Bega High School, Lumen Christi Catholic College, Montessori School

Category B – Community Waste Projects (maximum of $5,000 per project)

Round 1 – October 2019 - CLOSED
Round 2 – 1 April 2020 to 15 May 2020 - CLOSED
Round 3 – 21 May 2021 to 30 June 2021 - CLOSED

Available to community groups, charitable and not for profit organisations within the Bega Valley Shire region for waste related projects to implement waste activity and/or education projects with one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Encourage and foster sustainable waste management behaviour amongst the community
  • Support innovative waste management projects
  • Increase community awareness of BVSC’s waste facilities and their role
  • Supports waste strategies undertaken by Council
  • Supports charitable organisations with the prevention of illegal dumping – this may include installation of CCTV, secure fencing, education and associated costs
  • Supports charitable and not for profit organisations with educating the community on waste minimisation

Category C – Waste Wise Events Grants

The Waste Wise Events grant supports environmental sustainability in the Bega Valley Shire. It is part of our commitment to support our community in our ongoing efforts to reduce what goes into landfill.

Thousands of tonnes of waste are generated at NSW events each year, much of which could be recycled or composted instead of being added to landfill, or better yet, avoided altogether.

This grant aims to help events reduce what goes to landfill by providing funds towards waste-reducing products or services at the event. Examples of this may include:

  • Hire of Festival Bin Stations - each bin station has 1 x Fogo bin [green], 1 x Recycling bin [yellow], 1 x Landfill bin [red] and are available from Cleanaway
  • Purchase of recyclable or compostable items to replace single-use plastics
  • Purchase of reusable items to replace single use plastics
  • Hire of PA equipment to allow Waste Wise announcements
  • Promotion of your event as a Waste Wise Event so attendees know to bring their own water bottles and coffee cups etc
  • Purchase or hire of wash-up stations for reusable items that replace single-use plastics
  • Recyclable or compostable packaging purchase to allow donation of leftover food to local Community Pantries
  • Employ staff to man Bin or Washup Stations at the event
  • Printing of signage to promote the event as Waste Wise
  • Purchase of recyclable or reusable decorations like bunting or table coverings

To assist with preparing your application for a Waste Wise Event grant see the Waste Wise Event Toolkit. The toolkit provides practical solutions for event organisers and stall holders in the Bega Valley to be more Waste Wise, because we can have just as much fun without the mess!

Please note: The Festivals and Events Grants are not available for the 2021-22 financial year.

Category D - Small Waste Grant (maximum of $500)

Small waste grants aim to support organisations that are actively assisting in the clean-up of public areas by waiving or reimbursing waste fees. This grant provides up to $500 to cover fees associated with:

  • the disposal of general or green waste
  • purchasing compost
  • reimbursing community groups green bin charges

Applications to this grant are assessed monthly.

If your funding request is greater than $500, alternatively apply for the Category B – Community Waste Projects Grant

Grant specific criteria/information

  • The grants program is competitive.
  • Projects that support and demonstrate in detail, a combination of waste minimisation and waste education will rate more highly during the application review process.
  • Applicants are expected to contribute to the project through in-kind use of labour or materials.
  • Successful project will need to be available for a possible field trip by interested residents or the subject of a case study to highlight any educational aspects.
  • Schools requesting support to implement FOGO will be supported for up to 2 years and will need to take on ongoing costs of the service post the grant period.

Grant program timelines

Category A - Schools program

The 'Let's get it sorted program commenced in August 2019 and is now closed.

Category B - Community Waste Program

Grant steps Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Advertise                        
Applications open                        
Applications close                        
Assessment Committee Review                        
Advise applicants and complete agreements                        
Activity undertaken                        
Activity reports / acquittals                        

Category C - Waste Wise Events Grants

Grant steps Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Advertise                        
Applications open       6 Oct                
Applications close         3 Nov              
Assessment Committee Review                        
Advise applicants and complete agreements                        
Activity undertaken                        

Activity reports / acquittals

                       

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