Deadline approaching for £165,000 community reuse and recycling fund

The deadline is nearing for community organisations who want a share of £165,000 to help make the Liverpool City region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions.

The money is part of the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2022/23.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 20 March 2022.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said, “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

Bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in the region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, fruit and veg gleaning, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale. In November last year one project held a mock COP26 climate change conference with schoolchildren from across Liverpool City Region to help highlight wasted clothes and textiles.

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 20 March 2022.

Successful projects should receive the funding by mid-May 2022 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes by March 2023.

Organisations interested in the Community Fund can:

  • Contact the Authority:

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