The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has launched a new £800,000 fund to help business partnerships bring about “innovative” waste prevention projects.
Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are being offered to business partnerships that seek to support local-level waste prevention projects. Partnerships can involve local businesses, councils, charities and voluntary groups.
The “Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund” aims to support communities across England in their effort to prevent waste, stimulating long-term changes to business models that encourage items to be kept in use for longer.
Eligible projects that could be funded, but are not limited to, include textile or electrical repair skills workshops run by local businesses and voluntary groups and businesses working with local charities to prevent food waste by distributing surplus food to those who need it.
Councils working with local companies to re-use and repair items that businesses no longer need are also included.
WRAP stated that applicants can be from existing partnerships or ones newly formed to access the funding.