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Community Funding available to groups (2 July 2012)

£20,000 of funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups in Merseyside.
The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Community Fund (which is also supported by Veolia Environmental Services) is available from Monday 2nd July and will accept applications from schools and groups in the community and voluntary sector, for projects that will benefit the environment.

Up to £3000 is available for each project. The window for applications will close on 29th August.

The £20,000 is part of an overall £60,000 fund. A previous funding pot of £30,000 was available during May and June, and is now closed for applications. A further funding pot of £10,000 will be released later in the year to schools only.

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “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.”

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: “We’re 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.

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 Thursday 30th August 2012.

ENDS
Notes to editor:

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) 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. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside’s residents. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

Members of the media can contact:

John Lally
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk
0151 255 1444