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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.
Council Level Award
Greater Manchester Level Award
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).
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.
Your project will need to focus on one or more of these priority waste streams:
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.
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).
The Community Fund is currently closed and will reopen in 2022.
The maximum amount for a council level award is £10,000.
The maximum amount for a Greater Manchester level award is £20,000.
You can use the funding to cover relevant project outgoings which can be either revenue or capital costs.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org