Collaborative Council - Sustainability Fund Partnerships (CCSFP) Program

The CCSFP supports councils to collaborate on projects focused on environmental sustainability and improved services.

Through grants, councils can collectively find new ways to:

  1. improve procurement or shared service delivery;
  2. invest in more socially, economically and environmentally and financially sustainable technologies;
  3. reduce waste; and
  4. support innovation in recycling.

The CCSFP supports councils to make an informed investment decision on a collaboration.   Councils with less experience in collaborative projects have the opportunity to develop mutually beneficial relationships with neighbouring councils. They can also receive assistance in preparing CCSFP funding submissions.


Local Government Victoria invites joint applications from groups of councils to undertake a business case, feasibility study or proof-of-concept initiative that may:

  1. provide innovative solutions to procurement or shared service delivery that will improve the social, economic and environmental sustainability of participating councils;
  2. invest in more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable technologies, facilities and services;
  3. support councils to reduce waste and dispose less waste to landfill;
  4. support innovators in the waste management and recycling industry; and
  5. remove logistical and systemic obstacles to recovering commercial value from otherwise abandoned material.

As part of the funding criteria, each application must outline how their project will contribute to either or both of the Sustainability Fund's Objectives.  More information on the Sustainability Fund objectives and the Priority Statements is here.

LGV offers project support and may participate in project steering committees.  Precise roles and responsibilities are negotiated for individual projects.

Successful projects must provide progress reports and an acquittal report upon completion.  Projects should be completed within 12 months.  LGV also evaluates project outcomes 6 months after their completion.  Completed project reports and materials are shared across the sector to leverage good outcomes and are made publically available below.

How to apply

Joint proposals from groups of councils that meet the program criteria (outlined in the application form) will be funded up to $75,000. This grant is to develop a business case or feasibility study, with the group matching a minimum of 50 per cent of the total proposed project amount by in-kind services or financial contribution.  Other parties may form part of project consortia, provided 2 or more councils are involved.

Funding supports business cases or feasibility studies expected to lead to councils investing in project implementation themselves, without additional government support.  Proposed business cases or feasibility studies should be fully costed, and include the expected benefits and measurement criteria to support collaboration.

Because eligibility requirements are specific, LGV provides support and advice to local governments considering proposals. This includes examples of past successful projects and provision of materials from the current suite of resources for joint procurement and shared services.

Applications  are now open and must be lodged online via the Victorian Government's Grants Online system.

Assessment Criteria:

Start a new application via Grants Online

For those with an existing Grants Online user profile, visit Grants Online

The next funding round closes on 12 March 2018.

Further information

For more information please contact:

Leighton Vivian
Manager, Policy Development, Local Government Victoria
Phone: 03 9948 8533

Funded activities

  • Business Case for Shared Services enabling energy efficient council buildings - Wodonga City Council (lead)
  • Gippsland Resource Recovery Collaborative Business Case  - Latrobe City Council (lead)
  • CO2 Performance Ladder Feasibility Study - Melbourne City Council (lead)
  • Regional Low Emissions Fleet Assessment  -  Nillumbik Shire Council
  • ESD Subdivision Policy proof of concept for regional Victoria - Wodonga City Council (lead)
  • Grampians Central West Regional Waste and Recycling Audits - Central Goldfields Shire (lead)
  • Scaling up behind the meter solar on council facilities - Knox City Council (lead)
  • Development of behavioural change program to divert kerbside organics from waste - Moyne Shire Council (lead)
  • Inner Metro Sustainability Hub - Feasibility Study - Port Phillip City Council (lead)
  • Cool it - Collaborative procurement of heat vulnerability mapping - Ballarat City Council (lead)
  • Social Energy Procurement - Swan Hill Rural City Council (lead)
  • Southern Gippsland Solar Farm - New Energy for our community - South Gippsland Shire (lead)

Local Government Victoria and Collaborating Councils: An Evaluation 2008-16

The Local Government Victoria and Collaborative Councils: An Evaluation 2008-2016 report assesses a selection of LGV and local government collaborative procurement and shared service activities since 2008.  The report examines how far these activities have had a lasting impact on local government operations and their organisations.

This evaluation has informed the design of current collaborative council programs

LGV & Collaborating Councils : An Evaluation 2008-16 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
LGV & Collaborating Councils : An Evaluation 2008-16 (DOCX, 688.2 KB)

Council Resources

Previous collaborative projects

Council resources and templates