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New Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund

We are delighted to announce that the Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund is now open for applications. 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’ reuse shops. The Renew shops will be opening spring 2021 and will be based at 3 household waste recycling centres:

  • Woodhouse Lane, Trafford
  • Boysnope Wharf in Salford
  • Arkwright St, Oldham

The shops will 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?

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.

This year we will focus on these priority 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 will be available this year. There are 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 2021-22 will be open for submission of applications from Thursday 1st April until 31st May 2021.

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 and complete the Community Fund application form now, but you will not be able to submit it for consideration until 1st April 2021.

All applicants should read the Community Fund Guidance notes before they submit their application form.

Guidance notes & FAQ’s

Guidance for applications 2021-22

Example application form

Download application form

Community fund application form 2021

Submitting your application

From 1st April 2021 your completed form should be emailed to the LWT at

How long will a decision take?

Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday 15th July 2021.

Who decides which projects are awarded funding?

The funding decisions will be made by a board of representatives from GMCA, SUEZ, and LWT.

Deadline for applications

The Community Fund will close for applications at 11:59pm on Monday 31st May 2021. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact LWT at

Recycle for Greater Manchester