Green Industries SA are offering Circular Economy Market Development 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.

Consultancy businesses are not eligible but if  you are 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 be funded:

Projects targeting one or more priority waste materials 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.
What WON’T be funded:

  • 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
  • projects that have received full funding for the same activities from other sources
  • focus primarily on water and energy (these may be co-benefits)
  • staff wages/salaries and on-costs that are not directly related to the project
  • travel expenses
  • equipment purchase or leasing unless it is for product development, testing and verification
  • lease or purchase of land
  • infrastructure projects
  • early-stage research prior to product development
  • standards testing for packaging including alternatives to single-use plastics
When does it close?17 February 2023
For more information:  Funding Guidelines and Application Details