A share of £115,000 is up for grabs for community groups involved in environmentally-friendly projects.
The funding has been made available for local community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions. 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 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006.
Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely in Knowsley.
The impact of the 2016/17 Fund saw 10 projects deliver 23 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 136 volunteers, 25,970 people directly engaged, 1345 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.
This year 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 Merseyside and Halton in 2016 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 and metals.
Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can download the Expression of Interest Form and Guidance on the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s website or email the MRWA at: email@example.com / Tel: 0151 255 1444
The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is Wednesday 28 February 2018.