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Community Fund reminder – 14 Sept 2011

A £20,000 fund for Merseyside community groups is still available for applications, local waste officers have said.

There are over two weeks left before the Community Resource Action Fund entry deadline is reached on Friday 30th September. The scheme is being managed by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and Veolia Environmental Services.

The money is available to local projects in the region that can have a positive effect on the environment. Up to £3000 can be secured per application. Groups looking to apply for funding should contact MWDA.

Councillor Joe De’Asha, Chairperson of MWDA, said: “We’ve had a few entries already, but want to encourage local groups who haven’t been in touch that there is still an opportunity for them. There’s still enough time for applications to be made.”

The Community Fund is part of a Merseyside Waste Prevention Strategy which, through direct initiatives and behavioural change, aims to help reduce the amount of waste being produced in the region, the amount of material going to landfill, and the amount of carbon being created in the atmosphere.

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  

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MWDA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside’s residents.

Members of the media can contact:

John Lally, PR & Communications Officer
0151 255 1444
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk