Merseyside Waste and Recycling Authority (MRWA) is offering a share of a £110,000 Community Fund pot for the eight brightest and greenest schemes that will transform recycling habits across Merseyside and Halton.
Applicants must prove how they will reduce, reuse or recycle household waste, cut carbon emissions and deliver job and volunteering opportunities and other benefits.
The launch of the 2015/16 fund comes weeks after a report revealed that the Authority’s annual Community Fund, in 2013/14, had successfully diverted 1,194 tonnes from landfill (saving tax payers £95,000 in landfill tax); cut the region’s carbon emissions by 1,152 tonnes and created or safeguarded local jobs.
MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The Community Fund has supported local organisations for a number of years and it has more than made its mark – not just in reducing household waste but in delivering a huge range of other benefits including annual savings for individuals and their communities.
“It’s been a success because of the sheer creativity, commitment and reach of the voluntary and community sector across Merseyside and Halton and we look forward to receiving even more imaginative ideas for this year’s fund.”
The application process is starting earlier this year to give successful projects nine months to deliver their schemes. Winners will be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton and £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level and will be expected to launch their schemes in June.
Previous Community Fund projects include an ‘eco garden’ in St Helens, a range of awareness raising initiatives, a school uniform re-use scheme helping lower income families; a scheme training young unemployed people in furniture restoration skills in Wirral and Halton and a project which used recycled items to create emergency furniture packs for 435 vulnerable families.
Another project used Community Fund support to open a shop in Bromborough selling pre-loved goods so volunteers could raise money to re-launch a local meals on wheels service.
Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can download the expression of interest form and guidance here, contact the Authority by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 255 2526 for an application.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 4 March 2015.