The Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund is a joint R4GM and Suez initiative to support Greater Manchester community and voluntary sector groups. The fund helps to deliver projects aimed at reducing household waste, increasing recycling and encouraging reuse.
All of the money raised by our Renew shops goes towards the Community Fund. Every year, £220,000 is available for community and voluntary projects.
What kinds of projects are supported by the fund?
The fund aims to support projects which prevent, reuse, or recycle household waste, and also reduce contamination, promote sustainable use of waste and resources, and generate wider social benefits for the communities of Greater Manchester. We want to encourage and support innovative projects that are novel and involve a new and untried approach to tackling an issue in the key waste areas. Your project will need to focus on at least one of these areas.
Your project will need to focus on one or more of these priority waste streams:
How much funding will be available?
A total of £220,000 was available in 2021. There were two funding awards:
Council level award: This award is for projects that will benefit individual council areas within Greater Manchester – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford (this excludes Wigan as they operate separate waste arrangements). A total of £180,000 of funding is available, maximum amount £10,000 per project.
Greater Manchester level award: This award is for projects that cover more than 1 council area or all 9 councils (excluding Wigan). A total of £40,000 of funding is available, maximum amount £20,000 per project.
Who can apply?
Applications are welcome from Community and Voluntary Sector organisations such as:
Applying organisations must be based in one or more of the following 9 Greater Manchester council areas; Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford (excluding Wigan).
When can I apply?
The Community Fund is currently closed and will reopen on 1st April 2023.
How do I apply?
The Community Fund is part of the Greater Manchester Environment Fund (GMEF) which is an independent initiative aimed to provide more sustained investment in Greater Manchester’s natural capital. GMEF is a charitable vehicle managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) and independent from the GMCA.
You can download the the Community Fund application form now, to give yourself an idea for what to expect. Please note this application form may change ahead of the 2022 submission period.
All applicants should read the Community Fund Guidance notes before they submit their application form.
A walk-through application video from Greater Manchester Environment Fund can be found below.
Who decides which projects are awarded funding?
The funding decisions will be made by a board of representatives from GMCA, SUEZ, and LWT.
If you have any questions, please contact LWT at email@example.com
In 2021 we received 60 applications, of which 21 projects have been awarded funding. These are:
Hear from 2021’s projects on how their work is impacting their communities.