The deadline is looming for organisations who want a share of £165,000 to help make Liverpool City Region a cleaner and greener place.
The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource reuse and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.
The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2021/22, which has been running annually since 2006.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 14th March 2021.
Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “Giving local 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.”
Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.
Bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in the region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.
Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.
Interested groups can download the application pack via the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 14th March.
Successful projects should receive the funding by mid May 2021 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes by 31st March 2022. Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:
Download the application pack – https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/mrwa-and-veoila-community-fund-2021-2022-launches/
Contact the Authority:
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:
Sunday 14th March 2021, 11.59pm.
Note to editors
Image caption: Previous Fund recipients at an event in Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre, Liverpool
The impact of the 2019/20 Fund saw 11 projects divert 324 tonnes of material from disposal, 17,910 people directly engaged, participation of 34,490 volunteer hours, 409 events held, 388 training sessions take place, and a 324 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.
The Merseyside Recycling & 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.
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.