Circular Economy Market Development Grants

Date/Deadline: 17 Feb, 2023

Grants for councils, industry associations, not-for-profit organisations, research institutes, and businesses that design, apply and scale-up innovative circular economy business models and practices or produce, manufacture, sell or promote South Australian recycled materials and recycled-content products.

How much money is available?

Up to $100,000 (GST exclusive) per applicant.

Who can apply?

Local councils, industry associations, not-for-profit organisations, research institutes and businesses that design, apply and scale-up innovative circular economy business models and practices or produce, manufacture, sell or promote South Australian recycled materials and/or recycled-content products.

Consultancy businesses are not eligible but If you’re a consultant with a project that aligns with the Circular Economy Market Development guidelines, you need to partner with an eligible business/organisation to apply for funding.

What will they fund?

Projects targeting one or more priority waste material including plastics, paper and cardboard, glass, scrap metals, textiles, e-waste batteries (excluding used lead acid batteries), tyres, organics and emerging and/or problematic waste materials (such as solar PV panels and wind turbines, and so on).

  • Projects that identify, design, apply or scale-up innovative circular economy business models and practices such as:
    – design-led changes to achieve circular outcomes
    – implementation, trial, demonstration and scale up of circular economy business models and practices
    – business case, feasibility studies, market research and analysis on achieving circular outcomes
    – supporting circular economy projects in an industry sector and/or supply chains
    – support collaboration and capacity building activities.
  • Projects that validate and improve the quality and performance of local recycled materials or recycled-content products such as:
    – product quality testing with accredited testing organisations
    – development of new or amended product technical specifications or product standards
    – the associated certification or accreditation processes linked to the product standards or specifications
    – development of environmental declarations (e.g. EPDs) or labels based on Australian (preferred) / international standards and independent verification
    – laboratory testing and field trials for product mixes and/or performance etc that validate products ensuring that they meet market requirements
    – the associated education, training and awareness raising activities.
  • Projects that develop or expand markets with activities such as:
    – communication and promotion that increases awareness and knowledge/understanding of the performance and benefits of the recycled-content products
    – market analysis, market development and implementation plans
    – engagement activities that will connect suppliers with potential markets
    – development of sustainable procurement strategies, policies, targets, specifications, model practices, reporting and systems that increases and improve market demand for the use of recycled materials and/or recycled-content products, including across supply chains
    – market research identifying specific industry and/or market development barriers and opportunities for emerging waste streams.

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