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Authority Launches £60,000 Fund (28 May 2012)

A £60,000 fund for community and voluntary groups in Merseyside has been launched this week.

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Community Fund (which is also supported by Veolia Environmental Services) is available from Monday 28th May and will accept applications from Community and Voluntary groups, partnerships and schools for projects that will benefit the environment.

In the past the Fund contained one single pot of money. This year the total £60,000 has been split into three categories and will be staggered between now and September.

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’ve been running the Community Fund for a few years now and we’ve always made tweaks here and there to improve and simplify the process. Now, by overhauling the whole project and increasing the amount of money available, we should be able to offer more groups more opportunities to access funding.

“There are a lot of groups, organisations and schools out there who are doing great work in recycling and waste prevention and I hope we can help as many of them as possible, even if it’s just in a small way.”

The first funding pot of £30,000 is available from Monday 28th May to all Community and Voluntary groups, partnerships and schools who want to bid for grants of between £3000 and £7000.

Two other funding pots of £20,000 and £10,000 will be released later in the year, with the £20,000 available to Community and Voluntary groups and schools, and the £10,000 open to schools only. More details will be unveiled about these by MRWA later in the year.

Examples of organisations who can apply include:

• Third sector not-for-profit
• Community Interest Company (C.I.C)
• Community work of a faith group
• Company limited by guarantee
• Constituted group
• Co-Operatives
• Friendly Society
• Neighbourhood group
• Provident Society
• Registered Charity
• School project
• Social Enterprise
• Voluntary group.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “The kinds of activity we want to support are projects which demonstrate waste prevention, reuse, recycling, carbon reduction and social value. We are interested in projects that are new and have innovative approaches to sustainable waste management and that meet two or more of the key fund priorities.”

Fund priorities include:

• Preventing the creation of waste
• Reducing the amount of waste generated and sent to landfill
• Increasing the reuse of materials
• Increasing recycling
• Reducing carbon emissions
• Demonstrating economic and social benefits.

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Merseyside and Halton, said: “Veolia are proud to support the Community Fund. We all appreciate funding opportunities are scarce during the current economic climate. The new structure will allow us to make important contributions to a greater range of organisations.”

Examples of projects supported in the past are:

• Equipment for testing re-used electrical items
• Community art projects using recycled materials
• Teaching parents to sew and repair clothing

Application forms are available from www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/your-waste/community-fund or by calling MRWA on 0151 255 1444. Applications will be accepted up to 5.00pm on Friday 29th June 2012.

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Notes to editor:

Attached picture: (left to right) Carl Beer, Cou