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£20,000 Community Fund launched – 5th Oct 2010

Merseyside waste management officers have this week launched a resource fund for local community groups.

The fund has been made available by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and Veolia Environmental Services, who are hoping to fund projects that demonstrate new and innovative approaches to sustainable waste management.

The £20,000 funding is part of the Community Resource Action Fund and is available to community sector and not-for-profit organisations who wish to undertake local, small-scale projects.

Individual projects can apply for funding from £2,000 up to a maximum of £5,000.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “We’ve been running this fund for a few years now and there have been some very innovative schemes that we’ve helped, and some projects that have really connected with local people and communities.”

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside and Halton, said: “The Community Resource Action Fund usually brings some exciting and sustainable schemes to the table. It is a fantastic way of tapping into local projects that can help us increase recycling, and an imaginative way of redistributing money back into our local community.”

Groups looking to apply for funding need projects to do any or all of the following:
– Prevent the creation of waste
– Reduce the amount of waste generated and sent to landfill
– Increase the reuse of materials
– Increase recycling
– Address carbon benefits

Funding isn’t available for projects which have previously been supported by MWDA. Those who can apply are:
– Community or voluntary organisations
– Small to medium sized enterprises
– Not-for-profit organisations
– Charities
– Parish and town councils
– Youth groups
– Uniformed organisations

Applicants can find more information by getting in touch with MWDA:

Telephone: 0151 255 1444
Email: enquiries@merseysidewda.gov.uk
Fax: 0151 227 1848
Web: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk  

Councillor Kevin Cluskey, Chairperson of MWDA, said: “The applications we receive from some community groups really capture the imagination. Hopefully this year we’ll see some great new ideas.”

Applications for funding will be accepted up until Friday 29th October 2010.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

In the past this Fund has supported wide ranging projects such as:
– Equipment for testing re-use electrical items
– Community art projects using recycled materials
– Community events (such as fashion shows) that raise awareness to sustainable waste management issues.

The attached photograph is of a previous Community Fund project (2009/10), which involved local schools creating art from recyclable materials. In the picture are pupils and teachers from Southport’s Holy Family School, plus staff from Black Box Creative Communities, MWDA and Veolia.

MWDA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk