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Funding available to schools (10 Sept 2012)

£10,000 of funding has been made available to schools in Merseyside and Halton.

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Community Fund (which is also supported by Veolia Environmental Services) is available from today Monday 10th September and will accept applications from schools in the area for projects that will benefit the environment.

Bids of between £50 and £500 can be made for each project.

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “This is the first time we’ve made funding available just for schools. There are a lot of schools out there who are doing really good 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.”

Schools can only receive one lot of funding, and cannot apply if they have already received money from either of this year’s previous MRWA funds.

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:
• Producing a waste prevention educational video game
• Art projects using recycled materials
• Teaching children 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. The final date for applications is 30th March 2013 or before this if all of the funding has been apportioned – a first come first served basis will apply to those bids which satisfy the key funding priorities, with decisions being made on a monthly basis.

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