MRWA & Veolia Community Fund 2019/2020

MONDAY 7TH JANUARY 2019 – The Community Fund has now closed for applications. 

The Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2019/20 has launched (Monday 26th November, 2018).

£115,000 is available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations. We are looking for schemes which can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. Projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton. £8,000 is available for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

What are we looking for?

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens
– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes
– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton
– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton
– sewing classes in Knowsley
– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool
– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

This year 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 2016 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.

What should I do next?

Interested groups should complete and submit a Stage One application with MRWA.

Shortlisted projects will be asked to fill in a Stage Two application.

Successful projects will receive the funding in April 2019 and will have twelve months to deliver their schemes.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the Stage 1 Form – PDF / Microsoft Word
Download the Guidance (PDF)


Contact the Authority by:

Email: communityfund2019/
Telephone: 0151 255 1444

Community Fund Application Workshop

MRWA will be holding a Community Fund Application Workshop to help interested groups get advice on applying for funding. The workshop will take place on Thursday 6th December 2018, 10.00am, at Liverpool Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool.

For tickets please visit