Eco Innovator November 2011
Sustainable Markets Grants Program
A second call for grant applications may be held in February 2012 for the Sustainable Markets Grants Program, with first round submissions having closed on 30 September.
Run by Zero Waste SA, the Sustainable Markets Grants program aims to reduce waste going to landfill by expanding local markets for recycled materials. It invests in activities that support the development of sustainable markets with recycled content, and is open to all organizations that produce, manufacture or sell products with South Australian recycled materials.
Funding priorities for 2011-12 are: composts and mulches; aggregates such as concrete, brick, soils, and glass; plastic/ rubber products, timber products, and contaminated soils and other industrial by-products.
Funding will be directed to initiatives that:
* Support market-focused product
development that taps into market demands and preferences.
* Support development of product
specifications and quality assurance measures.
* Assemble market intelligence
and improve market knowledge of market trends and changing demand for
* Foster buyer awareness and
improve consumer/ user knowledge of the performance and benefits of products
and materials from recovered resources to boost demand e.g. through field
trials, market extension, promotional materials, fact sheets or other
* Support business management
practices in recycling companies that foster flexibility and their ability
to rapidly respond to changing market demands.
Grants are from $10,000 to $50,000 per project. Eligible projects must be carried out in South Australia and contribute at least 50 per cent of funding excluding in kind contributions.
Projects must also have a clear implementation timetable including approvals, commissioning, operation, monitoring and evaluation within two years of signing the funding agreement.
Applicants must demonstrate
they have access to any intellectual property needed for the project.
It is expected that in most cases there would be dual ownership of any
intellectual property resulting from the project.
Assessment will include the extent to which the project is innovative in tackling waste streams, overcoming existing barriers, and targeting new markets; and the demonstrated financial viability of the company and project.
Other waste programs by Zero
Waste SA are:
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