Assess-Implement-Monitor (AIM) Grants

Assess-Implement-Monitor (AIM) Grants

AIM grants provide a subsidy for businesses to assess ways to implement more economically and environmentally sustainable practices.  Funding is available for businesses and not-for-profits to:

  • ASSESS materials and resource efficiency, waste management, and/or other options to support a more sustainable and circular economy for South Australia
  • IMPLEMENT recommendations made through a GISA-funded, independent and impartial assessment

Projects should enable participants to MONITOR progress and report outcomes, using it as a base for continuous improvement.

How much money is available?

Up to $15,000 per applicant comprised of:

  • Up to $10,000 for an assessment (co-contribution 2:1, GISA:Applicant)
  • Up to $5000 (1:1) to implement assessment recommendations that meet eligibility criteria

Maximum $10,000 for energy audit/assessment with co-contribution 1:1

Fully funding assessments for charitable organisations and social enterprises that already form part of SA’s circular economy may be considered.

Who can apply?

Businesses, not-for-profits, Australian companies that:

  • are using commercial waste collection services (in addition to, or instead of council kerbside waste collection services)
  • have been operating for a minimum 2 years in SA

What will we fund?

  • Materials efficiency assessments
  • Resource efficiency assessments (energy, water, waste)
  • Lean production assessments
  • Sustainable procurement review / assessments
  • Research, design and business case development for implementation of circular economy principles
  • Energy audits or assessment (co-contribution 1:1)

Assessments must contribute to the development of a business case for investment in one or more of the areas listed above; or development of sustainability or circular economy strategy, policy, plans and/or targets

Assessments must be delivered by a suitably qualified and capable, independent and impartial service provider

  • Implementation of recommendations that:
    • have a payback greater than 2 years
    • reduce materials or resource intensity for the production of goods/services
    • reduce reliance on virgin materials

Preference may be given to projects that assess multiple sites.

Projects must meet and contribute to the Program aim, objectives and outcomes

What WON’T we fund?

  • Government entities
  • Schools
  • Community groups and community-focuses initiatives such as repair cafes and tool libraries
  • Organisations that provide waste management services
  • Implementation of energy-related improvements, including but not limited to:
    • solar and wind power systems and components
    • lighting replacement, repair, upgrade
    • power factor correction, HVAC systems
    • other recommendations made through an energy assessment/audit
  • Costs associated with certification or compliance standards, subscriptions, lease or licencing fees
  • Vehicle purchase, hire, lease and/or repair
  • Applicant operating costs such as rent and utility bills
  • Projects that focus on solutions prioritised lower on the waste management hierarchy than current practice
  • Projects that focus on solutions for waste managed through kerbside council waste collection systems
  • Projects intended to meet minimum regulatory compliance standards

When does it close?


For the full list of eligibility and other criteria please read the 2021-22 AIM Grant Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about AIM Grants

Contact Program Manager

Contact GISA to discuss your project and request an application form.

If you’re unsure who to engage to complete an assessment, we can supply contact details of suitably qualified, independent service providers.