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The Fifth Estate’s weekly roundup of government tenders and grants that provide opportunities for doing business, sustainably.

Round 2 for NSW’s manufacturing efficiency funding

Good news for NSW manufacturers looking for ways to save money in these financially troubled times – applications are open for a second round of funding to improve energy efficiency in manufacturing.

The NSW government is providing $5 million in funds to upgrade equipment and optimise energy metering.

Applicants can receive up to $70,000 per site to install more energy efficient equipment including new boilers/chillers, new fuel or electricity-based systems or a heat recovery unit.

For energy metering and monitoring, sites can qualify for up to $50,000 so long as projects involve process optimisation, such as sensors to improve combustion efficiency or identify faulty equipment.

The application deadline, which The Fifth Estate understands was pushed back due to lack of participation, is 10 August 2020 at 5pm AEST. So don’t delay and find out how to apply here.

Cutting down waste in small businesses

Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to cut down on growing piles of waste in small businesses.

Businesses can receive up to $50,000 for projects that reduce packaging waste or manufacture packaging with recycled materials.

All projects must involve new pilot technology, new or upgraded equipment or expanding facility space. Research projects are also on the table provided there is proof of potential uses for Victoria landfill.

The grant is open to small and medium sized businesses, not for profits and social programs that have been in business for at least a year.

Projects will have to be completed within 18 months of funding.

Applications close 5 March 2021 — learn how to apply here.

Stimulating Victoria’s economy with community housing

As part of its pandemic recovery plan, the Victorian government is investing in its community housing and care facilities.

The government is allocating $50 million towards repairs and upgrades as part of its $1.53 billion statewide infrastructure package to stimulate the economy.

Upgrades include increasing overall efficiency, environmental repairs, better accessibility and improving buildings’ long-term portfolio performance.

Not only does this stand to help tenants; the program estimates that 35 per cent of properties will see benefits from these upgrades.

Applications are open to all registered housing agencies with a focus on projects ready to go by November 2020 to fast track recovery efforts.

Applications end 7 July at 2:00 pm — learn more here.

Living Lab experimenting with urban environmentalism

The Tea Tree Gully Council is looking for long term partners to establish an urban Living Lab in the northeast suburb of Adelaide.

A Living Lab would allow the council and community to design, experiment and test solutions to tackle urban challenges such as environmental changes, resource use, biodiversity and sustainability in a real time learning environment.

This is part of the council’s “community first” take on sustainable development, a collaborative effort to improve public health and overall wellbeing.

The council will provide the facility, to be located at the Cobbler Creek West Reserve, and any emerging technologies for experimentation.

The plan aligns with five primary goals: reduce the city’s carbon footprint, establish a resilient local economy, ensure a flourishing environment, create opportunities for volunteers to give back, and reclaim a sense of inclusion and connection to the community.

Living Labs can also provide education opportunities and networking options between environmental groups and local youth and community groups.

The council is welcoming all types of proposals and partnerships.

Expressions of interest close 4 August at 2:00 pm  — see more details here.

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