MRL Community Benefit Fund – Calling all local community groups

Cleanaway is proud to launch our $50,000 Community Benefit Fund, dedicated to developing sustainability projects that support environmental regeneration, recycling programs and community well-being. 


We know that great communities are connected to each other and the environment that they live in. The biggest difference we can make is to empower local communities to take care of their environment, encourage resource recovery and promote sustainability.


We’re calling on you to share your vision of a sustainable future in your community, by submitting ideas for projects that deliver social and environmental benefits to the Caroline Springs, Deer Park and the surrounding community. If you have a great initiative that will make a difference, you can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to bring that idea to life.



Who should apply


Applications for funding are available to not-for-profit and community groups within 5kms  from the Melbourne Regional Landfill, including Caroline Springs, Deer Park and surrounding areas.


Projects may include:

  • Implementing a practical activity or project that improves the local environment
  • Water reduction initiatives
  • Training, employment or education schemes
  • Tree planting or other type of environmental regeneration program
  • Construction of gardens, greenhouses or compost systems to promote waste reduction
  • Installation of solar panels at a school or a community building
  • Purchasing additional recycling bins in schools or community buildings to increase recycling
  • Events or programs that encourage community connectivity, health and well-being.



Eligibility criteria


To be eligible for the grant funding:

  1. Must be a Friends Group, charitable or not for profit organisation, environmental agency, school or volunteer group located in Caroline Springs, Deer Park or neighbouring area
  2. Project must align with the assessment criteria and/or provide tangible benefits to the community or the local environment
  3. Project must be completed within 12 months
  4. Eligible groups may only apply for one grant per financial year



Ineligible projects


Applications will not be considered if:

  • Project does not align with the funding criteria and/or guidelines provided
  • Applications are not completed or submitted using the appropriate paperwork
  • Commercial enterprises



How to apply


For enquiries or to obtain an application form please contact:


Olga Ghiri- Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager

Email: olga.ghiri@cleanaway.com.au

Phone: 0478 316237

Applications Close – 6pm on Friday 12 April 2019. 



Key Milestones


  1. Call for Expressions of Interest – 12 March 2019
  2. Applications close – 4pm Thu 18 April 2019
  3. Applications assessed – 3 May 2019
  4. Successful applicants notified – 15 May 2019
  5. Agreements signed – 24 May 2019
  6. Funds distributed – 12 June 2019
  7. Funding period expires and grant projects to be completed – 12 June 2020



While there are many worth while initiatives, we’re focusing on areas where we can make the greatest difference while supporting the great work the not-for-profit and community group sectors are doing for sustainability.


Contact us to learn more about how we’re making a sustainable future possible for communities across Australia.