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group of residents at pop up boutique event

£165,000 waste prevention fund for community groups

by Gemma Melling

A share of £165,000 is up for grabs by community groups who are helping to make Knowsley a cleaner and greener place.

Community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations who are involved in activities aimed at reducing household waste, encouraging recycling and preventing carbon emissions can apply for a share of the fund. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2021/22, which has been running annually since 2006.

How much funding can my scheme get?

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six local authority areas across Merseyside and Halton, and between £1,000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely in one council area.

Bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA, 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.

What has the money been used for in the past?

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.

The impact of the 2019/20 Fund saw 11 projects divert 324 tonnes of material from disposal, 17,910 people directly engaged, participation of 34,490 volunteer hours, 409 events held, 388 training sessions take place, and a 324 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.

One organisation to benefit from the Community Fund is charity Faiths for Change, which ran a series of pop-up boutique events in Northwood, Kirkby last year. The events gave residents the chance to bring along any unwanted clothes, books or toys they wanted to swap or give a new lease of life to – all for free.

How do I apply?

Interested groups can download the application form from the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 14th March. If groups aren’t sure whether their project is appropriate for consideration then they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by via email to MRWA before Monday 21st February. However, an EOI isn’t mandatory.

Successful projects should receive the funding in May 2021 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

Pictured top is one of the Northwood Pop-up Boutiques run by charity Faiths for Change