Circular Economy Market Development Grants

Currently Closed

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

Private sector businesses must be able to provide 50% matched funding which cannot include non-financial (in-kind) contributions. For industry associations, local councils, research institutes and not-for-profit organisations, the program will contribute a minimum of 50% and up to 100% of eligible project costs and can include in-kind contributions.

Total funding of $300,000 will be available for the program in 2020-21

Who is eligible?
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.

What kind of projects are eligible?

Projects targeting one or more priority waste materials (other materials may also be considered) such as:

  • plastics
  • glass
  • scrap metals
  • textiles
  • e-waste
  • 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 amended 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 will support development of products that 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 will not 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
    • staff wages/salaries and on-costs that are not directly related to the project
    • travel expenses
    • equipment purchase or leasing
    • infrastructure projects
    • standards testing for packaging including alternatives to single-use plastics

    Status: CLOSED 

    Contact: Serena Yang