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Litter Innovation Fund

WRAP is happy to announce Round 2 of the Litter Innovation Fund (LIF).  A £450,000 programme, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The deadline for submission of completed Expression of Interests was 17:00 on Friday 5th October 2018, so no further submissions can be accepted.

Scope and aim of the Litter Innovation Fund

The overall aim of the programme is to find new ways of reducing and preventing litter/littering through new methods and interventions, that have not been tried and tested before. The programme will award small grants of up to £10,000 to support innovative research projects (located in England only) that have the potential to be scaled up or replicated more widely. Applicants are required to contribute a minimum of 10% match funding, either in-kind or monetary. 

This programme can only support new interventions and approaches that can be delivered and show meaningful results within six-months. We are unable to consider activities and interventions that are already in common use, or which have already been implemented and tested. For example:

  • Installation of commercially-available bins (whether standard, ‘smart’ or ‘novelty’). 
  • Litter picking events. 
  • Common implementations of nudge techniques e.g eye posters / signage 
  • Teaching materials/resources for schools
  • Art installations made from litter 
  • Radio campaigns
  • Projects which are substantially similar to those which were successful in Round 1.
  • Extending / spreading an existing app or project to the same purpose/ location

However, should you have a project idea that will enhance and improve an existing intervention, which can be implemented in a new way, you are welcome to apply.  Applicants will be required to demonstrate how the idea is different to what already exists, and where possible, provide any research or information that can support your project idea.

So that we can effectively monitor the results and impact of each individual intervention, we recommend that applicants limit the number of interventions being tested on a single project.

Successful grant recipients will be required to monitor and evaluate their project and report the results back to WRAP on completion of their project. Following approval, project reports must also be published to enable the sharing of best practice. 

Who can apply? 

To be eligible, the applicant organisation must be based in England only, and be one of the organisations listed below:

  • Community Interest Company (CIC) 
  • Industrial Provident Society (IPS) or co-operatives
  • Local Authorities (including principle authorities, parish, and/or town councils)
  • National Park Authorities 
  • Broads Authorities 
  • Registered Social Landlords 
  • Charities 
  • Development trust 
  • Faith group 
  • Educational institutions 
  • Scouts, Guides and National Citizen Service
  • Business - Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) e.g. retail, food chains, event management etc.

All project interventions should be completed within a six-month timescale from date of award. A further two months after the end of the six-month period will be allowed for completion of the final monitoring and evaluation report.

The Guidance Document for Round 2, along with the Expression of Interest (EOI) form and funding terms & conditions, are available to download by completing the registration form below.

Application process

The application process will operate in two phases.

Phase 1 – Expression of Interest (EOI) To prevent applicants spending a lot of time completing a full application form at this early idea stage, we have developed a simple expression of interest form. At this stage, we require details of who you are and your current activities, a brief overview of your project idea (including why it is innovative), how much grant you are requesting, and how you intend to monitor the impact of your project. The assessment panel will moderate all the submitted ideas and will then shortlist those ideas that they consider best meet the aim and objectives of the programme.   

Please submit your completed EOI form by email to litterfund@wrap.org.uk by no later than 17:00 on Friday 5th October 2018.  Please note EOIs should not exceed a maximum of 5 pages. 

Phase 2 –  Full Application The applicants/EOIs shortlisted by the Panel will be invited to submit a more detailed application. In this we will ask you to provide further information about your project plan and activities, a detailed budget for your project, including details of your match-funding, who you plan to work with, and a full monitoring and evaluation plan.  All applications submitted will then be assessed by the Panel against the published evaluation criteria. 

All completed Expression of Interests must be submitted by 17:00 on Friday 5th October 2018.  Late submissions will not be accepted. 

To download the documentation please complete the registration form below.


Litter Innovation Fund – Successful Grant Awards (1st Round of funding)

The following organisations have been offered a Grant Award (subject to contract).

Applicant Project type Award
Bristol City Council  Street litter £10,000
Herefordshire Council Street litter - binfrastructure £9,050
Hubbub Foundation Litter in sports stadium £9,650
Keep Britain Tidy  Street litter - binfrastructure £9,873
Keep Britain Tidy  Street litter - night-time economy £9,974
Keep Britain Tidy  Dog fouling £9,952
Keep Britain Tidy  Street litter - "tidy littering" £9,918
Medway Council Street litter - transport interchange £10,000
North West Kent Countryside Partnership  Street litter - waterways £2,380
NUS Charitable Services  Reducing use of single-coffee cups  £10,000
Selby District Council  Roadside litter £4,152
St Edmundsbury Council Roadside litter £10,000
Teignbridge Council   Beach litter £8,000
Thames21 Ltd Street litter - waterways £9,500