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 2020/21, 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 2018/19 fund saw 12 projects divert 673 tonnes of material from disposal, 26,643 people directly engaged, participation by 50,533 volunteers, and a 1419 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.
One organisation to benefit from the Community Fund is Kirkby-based charity Centre 63 who last year received £8,000 for the ‘Remake Yourself Hub’. This project received donations of unwanted furniture from the local community which was then refurbished and donated to young people, who have experienced homelessness and are setting up a home for the first time. Reuse, Repair and Upcycling workshops have been delivered to help give young people in Kirkby the skills needed to upcycle unwanted furniture.
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 15th March. If groups aren’t sure whether their project is appropriate for consideration then they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via email to MRWA by Monday 2nd March. However, an EOI isn’t mandatory.
Successful projects should receive the funding in May 2020 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes.
Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:
- Download the application form and guidance document
- Contact the Authority by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 255 1444.
Pictured top are some of the groups who have previously benefited from the fund at an event in Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre, Liverpool.