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Circular Economy Market Development Grants

Circular Economy Market Development Grants

Grants for councils, not-for-profit organisations, research institutes, and businesses that 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 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 we fund out of this?

Projects targeting one or more priority waste materials including plastics, paper and cardboard, glass, scrap metals, textiles, e-waste and tyres.

  • 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.

What WON’T we fund?

  • retrospective activities i.e. projects which have been completed in the past or are already taking place without the grant
  • general organisational administration or operation costs
  • staff wages/salaries and on-costs that are not directly related to the project
  • travel expenses
  • equipment purchase or leasing
  • infrastructure projects
  • early-stage research prior to product development
  • standards testing for packaging including alternatives to single-use plastics

Contact Program Manager

For queries:

  • Program Manager: Ms Serena Yang
  • Phone: 8204 2051