Funding: Community Waste Fund

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority's (GMWDA) 2011 Community Waste Fund has re-launched today offering over £50,000 to community groups and organisations, for the chance to kick start waste prevention and recycling projects in Greater Manchester. The fund supports Recycle for Greater Manchester's aim of encouraging residents and community groups to reduce, re-use and recycle more Greater Manchester's waste.

Over £50,000 available!

For 2011-12 the Community Waste Fund is bigger. Due to the success and over subscription of the fund last year the Authority has agreed to increase the amount available to community groups to £100k, so this year they will be allocating the fund over two rounds.

They hope this will encourage more groups to apply and give groups extra time to consider whether their project idea is relevant for the Fund. All of the criteria for applicants remain the same. However, in the first round this year the emphasis is on increasing our recycling rate across Greater Manchester.

Their aim is to get local groups such as tenants and residents groups and community groups to think of innovative ways to help residents to recycle right and to recycle more in Greater Manchester. (Please note that applications for other projects that meet their criteria will still be considered).

GMWDA is also encouraging partnership working and an excellent example of this is two community organisations PEARLS and RE>BUILD (based in Rochdale and Bury), who successfully applied for the Community Waste Fund last year. They have collaborated to enable another scrap store scheme to start in Bury. The store collects unwanted scrap materials from local businesses and sell the quality low cost resources to schools, nurseries, community groups and individuals for arts and craft purposes.

The first funding round for 2011 opened on 9th May 2011 and will close on 17th June 2011. The second funding round for this year will open on 5th December 2011 and close on the 20th January 2012.

Applicants will be able to access the guidance for applicants online and will need to complete an initial on line expression of interest form. Both documents are available at www.gmwda.gov.uk/communitywastefund

Why not get involved and apply for this great opportunity to help Greater Manchester reach its target of zero waste to landfill. Whether you are a community village group that organises swap shops, or a social enterprise which trains volunteers to promote reduce, re-use and recycling, this fund maybe right up your street!

For more information and to fill in an Expression of Interest Form, then please visit www.gmwda.gov.uk/community/community-waste-fund or email communitywastefund@gmwda.gov.uk or call 0161 770 1723