Collaborative Council - Sustainability Fund Partnerships (CCSFP) Program

The CCSFP (formerly the Sustainable Business Capacity Program) allows councils to collaborate on projects focused on environmentally sustainability.

Through grants, councils can collectively:

  • increase procurement or shared service delivery;
  • invest in more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable technologies;
  • reduce waste; and
  • support innovation in recycling.

The program provides targeted funding to councils that are already working on or exploring collaborative opportunities.

Councils with less experience in collaborative projects have the opportunity to develop mutually beneficial relationships with neighbouring councils. They also receive assistance in preparing CCSFP funding submissions.

Local Government Victoria (LGV) facilitates and administers program funding for collaborative projects.


LGV invites joint applications from groups of councils for initiatives that:

  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.

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 evaluation report upon completion.  Projects should be completed within 12 months.

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 50 per cent of the funded amount by in-kind services or financial contribution.

Total funding of approximately $350,000 will be available in Round 4.

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 for Round 4 are now open and must be lodged online via the DELWP GEMS system by 5.00pm on 30 June 2017.

Assessment Criteria:

Register an application

For those with an existing GEMS user profile, visit GEMS

The fifth and final round closing date is 31 December 2017.

Sustainability fund priorities

Funded by the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund, the CCSFP will provide funding to councils to collaborate with each other on a joint business case, feasibility study or project to achieve positive business and environmental outcomes.

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:

  1. Fostering environmentally sustainable uses of resources and best practices in waste management to advance the social and economic development of Victoria; and
  2. Fostering community action or innovation in relation to the reduction of greenhouse gas substance emissions or adaptation or adjustment to climate change in Victoria.

See more information on the Sustainability Fund and the Priority Statements.

The funding criteria further aligns with the Victorian Government's Ministerial Statement on Local Government (2015):

ACTION 5: Improvements to the integrity, capacity, performance, sustainability and value delivered by local government for Victorian families.

The CCSFP will support projects that aim to make areas such as local government procurement, waste management, planning, infrastructure investment and human services more efficient.

This support aims to implement collaborative procurement and shared services quickly, to reduce performance deficits, link councils to share best practice and raise standards across the sector.

Successful activities

Solar Rates Program – Maroondah City Council (lead council)

Shared Organics Facility Feasibility – Glenelg Shire Council (lead council)

Education & Behavioural Change Program - Golden Plains Shire Council (lead council)

Joint Regional Landfill Solution - Benalla Rural Council City (lead council)

On 6 October 2016, the Minister for Local Government announced funding for the Waste-to-Energy Micro-Power Station Network - Hepburn Shire Council (lead) project under Round 2 of the Collaborative Council – Sustainability Fund Partnerships program.

Other successful projects under Round 2 are:

  • Joint Resource Recovery Centre Feasibility Study - Northern Grampians Shire Council (lead)
  • Smart Light Feasibility Study - Manningham City Council (lead)
  • Building a case for Electric Vehicles in regional council fleets - Greater Shepparton City Council (lead)
  • Collaborative Waste & Resource Recovery Infrastructure Development Goulburn Valley - Mitchell Shire Council (lead)

The Minister for Local Government recently announced funding for the following projects under Round 3 of the Collaborative Council – Sustainability Fund Partnerships program:

  • 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)

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 also informs future policy and collaborative approaches.

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

Further information

For more information please contact:

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

Other projects

Previous collaborative projects

Council resources and templates