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£110,000 Fund for community projects to cut city region’s waste (1 May 2014)

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and its contractor, Veolia Environmental Services have today launched a £110,000 Community Fund to find the best ideas for reducing, recycling and reusing household waste across Merseyside and Halton.

The £110,000 is to be split, with £40,000 made available for up to three region wide projects with a maximum award of £20,000 for any one project. The remaining funding will be awarded at individual district level for up to £10,000 per project.

Community and Voluntary Sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton can apply for the Community Funding. Applicants must satisfy a list of ten criteria – including engaging residents, promoting economic growth and permanently changing consumer waste habits.

More information and application forms can be obtained from the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or by calling Tel: 0151 255 2577 or email: communityfund2014-15@merseysidewda.gov.uk Successful projects from 2013 / 14 include:

– Mersey Munchers, a programme of 40 Community Cooking Clubs across Merseyside providing  cooking skills training for 40 co-ordinators in; planning, shopping, managing and reducing food wastage

– The Sewing Café in Knowsley who have provided weekly textile sessions to the local community including sewing skills, home furnishings and swapping events

– Wirral Fuss project Secondary School uniform reuse across 12 Wirral schools to promote and encourage the reuse of school uniforms.

– Bulky Bob’s Furniture World  who have provided furniture packs for vulnerable families across Merseyside

– The Granby Toxteth Development Trust for a project that is engaging local residents to improve recycling and reduce food wastage.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chief Executive Carl Beer said: “Our Community Fund goes from strength to strength and we welcome applications for 2014/15 projects which will reduce household waste, benefit local communities and ensure we give council tax payers value for money”.

Applications for the fund will be accepted from ; 19th May 2014 and the closing date for applications is 13th June 2014.

The Authority plans to select successful projects by mid August 2013.

Briefing Workshop dates and location

The Authority will also be holding two briefing workshops on the details and application process for the Fund.  These will be held at; Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority: 1 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP

– Workshop No 1. Wednesday 14th May 2014.  2.00 pm – 3.30 pm – Workshop No 2 Wednesday 21st May 2014.  2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Carl Beer continued: “We’re giving the right projects a real opportunity to succeed and make a big difference to the volumes of waste that we currently have to send to landfill.”

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside and Halton, said: “The community fund has a history of supporting fantastic waste and recycling projects in Merseyside, and gives us a greater opportunity to support the local community with their creative steps towards waste reduction, reuse and recycling.”

ENDS