Community fund deadline nears

The deadline for applications to a £110,000 waste prevention community fund is just one week away.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and its contractor Veolia are behind the Community Fund which looks to find the best ideas for reducing, reusing and recycling household waste across Merseyside and Halton.

The £110,000 is to be split, with £40,000 made available for up to three region wide projects, with a maximum award of £20,000 for any one project. The remaining funding will be awarded at individual district level for up to £10,000 per project.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13th June 2014.

Community and Voluntary Sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton can apply for the Community Funding. Applicants must satisfy a list of ten criteria – including engaging residents, promoting economic growth and permanently changing consumer waste habits.

More information and application forms can be obtained from the MRWA website or by calling Tel: 0151 255 2577 or emailing:

Successful projects from 2013 / 14 include:

• Mersey Munchers, a programme of 40 Community Cooking Clubs across Merseyside providing  cooking skills training for 40 co-ordinators in; planning, shopping, managing and reducing food wastage
• The Sewing Café in Knowsley who have provided weekly textile sessions to the local community including sewing skills, home furnishings and swapping events
• Wirral Fuss project Secondary School uniform reuse across 12 Wirral schools to promote and encourage the reuse of school uniforms.
• Bulky Bob’s Furniture World  who have provided furniture packs for vulnerable families across Merseyside
• The Granby Toxteth Development Trust for a project that is engaging local residents to improve recycling and reduce food wastage.

The Authority plans to select successful projects by mid-August 2013.

MRWA Chief Executive Carl Beer said: “We’re giving the right projects a real opportunity to succeed and make a big difference to the volumes of waste that we currently have to send to landfill.”

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