Aims/priorities: The fund aims to support projects which prevent, reuse, or recycle household waste, and also reduce contamination, promote sustainable use of waste and resources, and generate wider social benefits for the communities of Greater Manchester. We want to encourage and support innovative projects that are novel and involve a new and untried approach to tackling an issue in the key waste areas. Your project will need to focus on at least one of these areas.
This year we will focus on these priority areas:
- waste prevention
- increasing recycling
- reuse of household waste
- reducing contamination
Your project will need to focus on one or more of these priority waste streams:
- Food waste
- Paper and card
- Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
The fund is supported through profits from the new ‘Renew’ reuse shops. The Renew Shops will be opening Spring 2021 and will be based at 3 household waste recycling centres:
- Woodhouse Lane, Trafford
- Boysnope Wharf in Salford
- Arkwright St, Oldham
The shops will sell pre-owned items that have been donated by residents at Household Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester (excluding Wigan).
Who can apply? Applications are welcome from Community and Voluntary Sector organisations such as:
- Registered Charity (charity number must be provided)
- Not-for-profit organisation (defined as a registered legal entity that does not make a private profit for directors, members, or shareholders)
- Community, Neighbourhood or Voluntary Group
- Faith group delivering community work
- School, College or University
Grant amount: There are two funding awards available.
- Council level award: This award is for projects that will benefit individual council areas within Greater Manchester – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford (this excludes Wigan as they operate separate waste arrangements). A total of £180,000 of funding is available, maximum amount £10,000 per project.
- Greater Manchester level award: This award is for projects that cover more than 1 council area or all 9 councils (excluding Wigan). A total of £40,000 of funding is available, maximum amount £20,000 per project.
Application process: Application available online at the funders website
Deadline: The Community Fund 2021-22 will be open for submission of applications from Thursday 1 April until 31 May 2021.