£5K Grants on offer for green community projects


Friday, January 1, 2010

Local recycling groups are being encouraged to bid for grant funding under a scheme launched by waste officers next week (10th August 2009).

The fund has been made available by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) to encourage and support community and non-for-profit organisations to get involved in small, local projects that can help improve the environment. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Applications forms are available from www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or by calling 0151 255 1444.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “This funding scheme has been running for a couple of years now and we always attract some fantastic ideas and applications in – its great to see there are many people and groups out there who are involved in making the environment a better place for us all.”

The funding is part of MWDA’s Waste Awareness and Education Programme for Community Groups on Merseyside.

Successful projects must aim to reduce the amount of waste generated and sent to landfill; increase the re-use of materials; increase recycling or address carbon benefits.

This funding is for new projects that have not been supported by the Authority in previous years.

You can apply for an award under the Project Fund for Community Organisations 2009/10 if you are a:

Community or voluntary organisation
• Small to medium sized enterprise;
• Not for profit organisation
• Charity
• Parish or town council
• Youth group or
• Uniformed organisation.
Previous projects supported by the fund include equipment for testing re-used electrical items; community art projects using recycled materials and Community events that raise awareness to sustainable waste management issues. Priority will be given to applications demonstrating new and innovative approaches to sustainable waste related projects.

Councillor Kevin Cluskey, Chairperson of MWDA, said: “If a group has an idea which they think can reduce waste or improve how we handle waste products then we would encourage them to apply for funding.”

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

1. Organisations wishing to apply to the MWDA Community Fund, should contact:
Waste Project Fund, Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, 6th Floor North House, 17 North John Street, Liverpool, L2 5QY, Tel: 0151 255 1444, or email enquiries@merseysidewda.gov.uk. Application forms are also available to download on www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.

Applications are only accepted via the application form provided by MWDA and will be subject to evaluation by MWDA. Completed applications must be returned to MWDA by Friday 25th September 2009.

2. Successful applicants will:

• Have a recognised legal and constitutional status. Compliance (by organisations that hold charitable status) with the accounting framework for charities and appropriate guidance for the Charity Commission
• Be financially viable; and
• Have clear management structures which adhere to recognised principles

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