Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund

The Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund is now closed. We received 60 applications, of which 21 projects have been awarded funding. The successful projects represent a diverse range of recycling initiatives and come from every district of Greater Manchester.

Successful Applicants

Council Level Award

  • Emmaus Bolton
  • The Big Fandango
  • South Manchester Library Trial
  • Manchester Church of the Apostles
  • Brookburn Primary School PTA
  • Humans MCR
  • Manchester Environment Education Network
  • Oldham Intraquest CIC
  • Rochdale Vintage Worx
  • Salford Paradise Works CIC
  • Salford Social Adventures
  • Salford Oasis Community
  • Stockport Girl Guiding
  • Stockport Highway Hope
  • Renewal NW
  • Plastic Shed
  • Tameside Emmaus Mossley
  • Tame Made by Mortals
  • Community Bike Kitchen

Greater Manchester Level Award

  • Future Directions CIC
  • Sow the City

We’ll be following our successful applicants and look forward to sharing more about their projects.

The fund is a joint Recycle for Greater Manchester (R4GM) and Suez initiative to support Greater Manchester’s Community and Voluntary sector. The fund is supported through profits from the new ‘Renew’ shops. The Renew shops opened in spring 2021 and are based at 3 household waste recycling centres:

The shops sell pre-owned items that have been donated by residents at Household Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester (excluding Wigan).

Do you have an idea for a project?

The Community Fund will be back in 2022. Now is the time for you to start thinking about how your organisation can help us improve waste and recycling in Greater Manchester.

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.

  • waste prevention
  • increasing recycling
  • reuse of household waste
  • reducing contamination

Your project will need to focus on one or more of these priority waste streams:

  • Food waste
  • Paper and card
  • Glass
  • Textiles
  • Furniture
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

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:

  • Registered Charity (charity number must be provided)
  • Not-for-profit organisation (defined as a registered legal entity that does not make a private profit for directors, members, or shareholders)
  • Community, Neighbourhood or Voluntary Group
  • Faith group delivering community work
  • School, College or University

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 in 2022.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum amount for a council level award is £10,000.

The maximum amount for a Greater Manchester level award is £20,000.

What can I use the funding for?

You can use the funding to cover relevant project outgoings which can be either revenue or capital costs.

How to 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.

Guidance notes & FAQ’s

Guidance for applications 2021-22

Example application form

Download application form

Community fund application form 2021

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 gmenvfund@lancswt.org.uk

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