Lead Educate Assist Promote Grants

What is the Lead Educate Assist Promote?

The Lead Educate Assist Promote (LEAP) is a grant opportunity to help coordinated business groups and industry sectors to undertake projects that lead, educate assist and promote sustainable business practices.



LEAP Grants support industry and business groups to drive a more resource efficient and circular economy for SA. Grants are available for industry associations and business groups to:

  • LEAD by sharing the vision and inspiring businesses to embrace circular economy principles
  • EDUCATE by providing information, developing guidelines, and raising awareness
  • ASSIST by providing one-on-one, tailored support for select businesses where this leads to shared learning opportunities
  • PROMOTE success through case studies, awards, recognition



Funding of up to $100,000 (maximum $50,000 per fiscal year) per applicant.


Eligible Projects

Lead Educate Assist Promote (LEAP) Grants support projects that:

  • Target a specific industry sector, group of businesses, or supply chain.
  • Focus on circular economy and sustainability principles such as:
    • better practice waste management in accordance with the Waste Management Hierarchy (prioritising waste avoidance and reduction, reuse and improved
    • materials and resource efficiency, lean production principles and practices
    • circular supply chains and sustainable procurement
    • design for reuse, repair, remanufacture, and/or local fabrication
    • outcome-based or product as a service business models
    • product stewardship, extended producer responsibility
    • improved environmental sustainability
    • other initiatives that contribute to a more circular economy.

Examples of acceptable project types and project components:

  • Feasibility studies or pilot projects to implement circular economy principles
  • Development, testing and refinement of guidelines or strategies.
  • Assessing a group of selected businesses, providing tailored advice on the opportunities and barriers for implementing sustainability and circular economy principles; coupled with summarising and sharing results to encourage industry-wide change.
  • Research to identify commercially viable solutions to address specific issue(s) for an industry sector, defined area/region, or supply chain (related to circular economy principles, reduced environmental harm, improved materials efficiency and/or waste management practices).
  • Education and/or promotional materials and activities demonstrating the benefits of a more sustainable and circular economy, which may include:
    • peer-to-peer learning, business innovation workshops, and networking events
    • development and delivery of educational tools and resources such as guidelines, fact sheets, and case studies
    • development of accreditation, awards, or other recognition programs that promote industry leaders.

Other projects that align with Program aim, objectives and outcomes may also be considered.

Projects must be:

  • Delivered in partnership with a suitably qualified and capable, independent and impartial service provider (a specialist advisory consultant, or equivalent). Funds must be used to cover fees and charges incurred by the applicant from the service provider(s) engaged for project delivery. The applicant must provide access to, and
    connection with a receptive audience to facilitate effective project delivery. OR
  • The applicant must provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate a satisfactory level of expertise and experience exists within the organisation for effective project delivery. In this case, funds may be provided to cover expenses associated with project delivery by the applicant, at the absolute discretion of Green Industries SA.

Projects must:

  • Be new, not already commenced or completed at the time of application (funds are not available retrospectively). Consideration may be given to projects that build upon a pilot (trial) and offer additional benefits to the target audience.
  • Take place within South Australia for the benefit of South Australians.
  • Have a clear implementation timeframe and project milestones.
  • Be tailored to address the needs of the applicant and its business network or members (not provide generic advice, nor replicate an existing service, information or other resource).
  • Focus on activities that are in addition to meeting minimum regulatory compliance standards.
  • Meet and contribute to the Program aim, objectives and outcomes, including clear links to driving a more sustainable and circular economy in South Australia; targeting activities prioritised higher on the waste management hierarchy than current practice; best practice materials and resource efficiency.
  • Be ‘industry-led’: applicants must demonstrate there is demand from industry/business for the project, and strong interest in the outcomes.


Eligible Applicants

Applications for Lead Educate Assist Promote (LEAP) Grants will be accepted from:

  • peak industry bodies (industry associations or similar)
  • registered business groups, networks and clusters (incorporated or unincorporated entities)
  • companies or local government with strong alliance to a network of businesses or supply chain.

Applicants must:

  • Provide in-kind support for project delivery, including communication and dissemination of project promotional and educational materials to the target audience, and other agreed deliverables.
  • Be solvent, and able to enter into a legally binding funding agreement with the South Australian Government (via Green Industries SA).
  • Hold a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST; not-for-profit organisations must be registered with an appropriate Australian and/or State-based authority as a legal entity.
  • Hold and maintain Public Liability Insurance to the value of at least $1 million for the duration of the proposed project. If applicants are delivering the project in-house and/or contributing information to the project, they must hold and maintain both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance valued at a minimum $1 million each / per claim for the duration of the funded project.
  • Comply with all federal and state laws, regulations, and any applicable Environment Protection Authority requirements.



Applications close 30 June 2022.


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