Local businesses, councils, charities and voluntary groups are being called upon to join together to prevent waste. Grants, of up to £50,000, are now available to partnerships with the most innovative1 ideas.
Notes to editors
1 - Innovative: The grant will be applied to a project that is innovative to the members of the community partnership applying. It would not include, for example, an organisation extending current services.
2 - Waste prevention: Actions taken to avoid something becoming waste, for example, actions that reduce the quantity of waste produced, including the extension of product life through design, repair or re-use.
3 - Priority materials: The Fund will prioritise projects that focus on the priority materials outlined in Defra’s Waste Prevention Programme for England: food, textiles, furniture and bulky material, electronic and electrical equipment, plastics, paper and board, construction and demolition, healthcare and chemicals.
4- Match-funding: Applications should be able to demonstrate match-funding to projects at least equivalent to the amount of funding applied for, whether this is their own funding, staff time or other. Match funding must be in place before the award can be granted.
Initiatives not supported by the fund: Recycling or composting will not be eligible for funding. For example, food waste collections, home composting, food macerators and food waste digesters.
This fund can help a…
· Business: save money by exploring new ways of doing business, develop long term working relationships with your community, give back to your community by sharing skills and creating jobs or volunteering opportunities.
· Council: save on waste disposal costs, increase local re-use rates, help expand local employment opportunities, and develop relationships with local businesses, organisations and groups.
· Voluntary group or social enterprise: raise profile and increase network and memberships.
· Charity: raise more money by generating more items for resale.
About WRAP – WRAP’s vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. It works in partnership to help businesses, individuals and communities improve resource efficiency. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
WRAP is the organisation that brings you the consumer campaigns to help save money and reduce food waste - Love Food Hate Waste, recycle more - Recycle Now and keep clothes in use for longer - Love Your Clothes.
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