Innovation In Waste Prevention Fund

The Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund is a grant scheme which is funded by Defra and managed on its behalf by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP).

Part of Defra’s Waste Prevention Programme for England, the grant scheme aims to generate more action to prevent waste. It specifically supports communities to take forward innovative waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local areas, working in partnership with local businesses, councils, charities and voluntary groups.

Grants are available to any UK based organisation that is the lead body for a community partnership of at least two or more parties in England for projects that propose innovative ways to prevent waste in their community, or beyond.

There is a funding pot of £800,000 which will be spread over three funding rounds.

Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available.

Funding under this programme falls under the remit of de minimis State Aid. This may allow an enterprise to receive up to €200,000 (cash grant equivalent) over a three-year fiscal period.

The sterling equivalent is calculated using the European Commission exchange rate applicable on the written date of offer of the de minimis funding. This does not apply if the lead applicant is a local authority.

The grant award will be made net VAT to organisations registered for VAT or which can reclaim VAT.The deadline for Round 1 applications is 1 September 2014 (5pm).

Any UK based organisation that is the lead body for a community partnership in England can apply for the fund.

Applications will be assessed against how they demonstrate:

  • level of innovation;
  • effective partnership working;
  • effective project delivery (including plans for monitoring and evaluation);
  • impacts and benefits resulting from the project;
  • compliance with legislation;
  • financial standing of the lead applicant.

Projects must:

  • be based in England;
  • propose innovative ways to prevent waste in their community, or beyond;
  • show a community benefit from the waste prevention activity;
  • show that the proposed project cannot proceed without this funding;
  • be able to spend the grant by December 2015.

Projects must address at least one of the following waste prevention priorities:

  • food;
  • textiles;
  • paper and board;
  • furniture and bulky material;
  • plastics;
  • electronic and electrical equipment;
  • construction and demolition;
  • healthcare and chemical.

Examples of projects that could be funded, but are not limited to, include

  • textile or electrical repair skills workshops run by local businesses and voluntary groups;
  • businesses working with local charities to prevent food waste by distributing surplus food to those who need it;
  • community groups and councils working with businesses to set up local sharing groups for electrical items, furniture, etc;
  • councils working with local companies to re-use and repair items that businesses no longer need;
  • businesses working with educational establishments to design products that result in less waste.

Match funding of at least 50% is required and must be in place before the award can be granted. The Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund will only provide up to 50% of the total project cost. Match funding does not have to be in the form of cash. In-kind support, such as staff time allocated to the project or use of existing premises by the project, will be considered.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Existing services currently funded by other sources (eg. a continuation of a service with this Fund as the alternative source of funding);
  • Projects taking place outside of England;
  • Projects that do not involve a partnership of two or more parties;
  • Individuals;
  • Research and development projects;
  • Demonstration activities;
  • Recycling or composting such as waste collections, home composting, food macerators, food waste digesters, etc. (Note: food waste prevention projects are eligible.);
  • Costs or overheads for existing staff;
  • Any business as usual (BAU) labour costs;
  • Mandatory items required to meet current legislation including environmental or health and safety regulations.
  • Day to day running costs of the organisation (ie, utility bills, council tax, rent, insurance, routine repairs and maintenance);
  • Consumables (ie, office supplies);
  • Plant and equipment that already is on site or on order;
  • Payment of fines, loans, debts or interest to other sources;
  • Purchase of land and/or buildings;
  • Feasibility studies for building projects;
  • Retrospective costs;
  • Any costs incurred while putting together the application;
  • Fundraising activities;
  • Items that are purchased on behalf of another organisation;
  • Political or religious activities;
  • Projects that are not able to claim project expenditure to by 31 December 2015;
  • VAT that is recoverable.

Payments for Round 1 will be made in November 2014.

The fund will run for two years, and grants will be awarded in three phases. Announcements on further phases will be announced in October 2014.

An application form, guidance notes, frequently asked questions, and three appendices can be accessed at the moment by sending an email via the WRAP website. It is expected they will be available to download from the WRAP website shortly.

Applications should be submitted by email.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by October 3 2014.

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact: Jude Andrews, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), The Old Academy, 21 Horse Fair, Banbury, OX16 0AH, Tel: 01295 819 930. or e-mail here

Charity Number: 1118616 | Company Number: 4323551