The deadline is looming for organisations who want a share of £115,000 to help make Merseyside a cleaner and greener place.
The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton 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 money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18.
The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 1st February.
The impact of the 2015/16 Fund saw 10 projects deliver 71 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 253 volunteers, 24,256 people directly engaged, 680 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £68,000 of equivalent landfill costs avoided. Projects included refurbishing old bicycles, providing young adults with cookery skills, delivering workshops on textiles and clothes repair and training people to make attractive furniture from waste.
Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”
Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry.
Successful applicants can 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. Projects will have eleven months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started in May.
Centre 63 are one organisation to have benefitted from the Community Fund. Jeane Lowe, Chief Executive Officer at Centre 63, said: “The Community Fund has enabled us to upskill young people who are not in employment, education or training and isolated older adults to become bike mechanics and repair old unwanted bikes which are donated back into the community.”
Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:
Download the Expression of Interest Form and Guidance at http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/mrwa-community-fund-201718/
Contact the Authority by Email: email@example.com / Tel: 0151 255 2526
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: 1st February 2017
Note to editors
– The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund is open to community and voluntary sector groups, faith groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
– MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
– Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.
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