The Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund is a joint R4GM and Suez initiative, administered by the Greater Manchester Environment Fund, to support Greater Manchester community and voluntary sector groups.

The R4GM Coummity Fund comes from money that is raised via the  ‘Renew’ shops and online market. . Every year, £220,000 is available for community and voluntary projects.

Since 2021, a total of £439,141 has been awarded to 47 local groups thanks to funding from the. These funded projects contribute towards preventing, reusing, or recycling household waste, promoting the sustainable use of waste and resources, and generating wider social benefits for the community of Greater Manchester.


We are pleased to announce that 22 community projects have been awarded the 2023/24 funding.

Securing between £875 and £20,000, each of the successful groups was recognised for their commitment to sustainability and delivering social value for their communities.

With around half of the projects funded in this round continuing from the previous year, the fund has been able to support organisations to grow and develop their offering.

The Projects

Keep Daisy Hill Re using and Recycling – Bolton

Community project will be a themed extension of our extremely popular Keep Daisy Hill Smiling and Walking project. Engaging over 120 local families in reusing their household waste mainly toys, textiles, paper, plastics. Families will also actively participate in a food waste prevention campaign.

Student Committee Recycling Project – Bury College 

Training and education activities in partnership with Wheeldon Brothers and carrying out community litter picks across Bury in partnership with Bury Litter Picking/Clean Teams.

Reuse, Re-read, Re-wear – Fair Futures CIC – Bury

Collect and reuse unwanted books and textiles, to sell, redistribute to local families in need and repurpose for educational and social support activities. The project will also create training and volunteering opportunities for disadvantage and vulnerable groups and develop education on waste reduction.

Refugees Bike and Bike Maintenance Training -Platt Fields Bike Hub, Manchester 

The project aims to tackle social exclusion among refugees by providing free bicycles, basic bicycle maintenance training and opportunities for social engagement during our organised rides and social events.

Nourish with Rubbish! – Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN)

MEEN will work with young volunteers in six Manchester schools to tackle waste both in school and their communities. School teams decide whether to focus on food, paper and card, cans and plastics, textiles.

Waste Warriors: Joining hands for a sustainable future. Womens Voices CIC – Manchester 

Raise awareness and understanding amongst Black Racially Minoritised (BRM) women in Manchester about the 3 R’s, reduce, reuse, recycle to cut down on the amount of waste we currently throw away. This will equip and empower them to take responsibility for the environment and become ambassadors.

The Green Superheroes: To Manchester and Beyond – Future Directions CIC – Manchester 

Our project involves working with people with learning disabilities, autism, and other complex support needs to promote the importance of recycling. Our Green Superheroes will provide training sessions about how to reduce, reuse and recycle. We will also provide arts and craft sessions and organise litter picking walks.

Caritas Compost Club – Caritas Diocese of Salford  – Manchester 

Encouraging increased environmentally responsible disposal of household food waste using council collections or home composting by providing a practical and engaging example at our community allotment, where we will recycle food waste produced by local schools and from our own charity to produce compost for the allotment.

Project R- Mahdlo Youth Zone – Oldham

A programme of workshops and activities for young people across Oldham, including visits to woodlands, reservoirs, and recycling centres to heighten awareness of the impacts of climate change, waste and contamination. This will be the inspiration for young Recycling Champions to create projects from recycled materials and reduce household waste.

Sunshine Salvage Garden – Vintage Worx Community Development Trust – Rochdale 

The project will build a community garden aimed at families with young children, home schooled children and SEND Adults. Using materials otherwise destined for landfill, the garden will help people create their own recycled garden and offer activities on recycling, preventing food waste, composting, climate change causes and biodiversity.

Cleavley Community Repair Café – Incredible Education CIC – Salford

Based in the new workshop facility at Cleavley Community Forest Garden in Eccles. The repair café will help the local community, where they can bring items for repair or attend upcycling skills workshops to prevent items from going into landfill.

MakeGood – Make, Build Grow CIC -Stockport 

is a project to up skill local people in how to repair, re-use and re-purpose, to save them money, bring joy, and a sense of achievement. The project aims to reduce isolation, improve wellbeing and promote personal development through creative projects, skill sharing and upcycling

Repair Café – Sustainable Living in the Heatons – Stockport 

A community cafe where local people can bring a variety of items that may have been thrown away. Volunteers with expertise in different disciplines will encourage learning, repair, reusing and promote social cohesion. It is free, everyone is welcome even if only for a coffee and chat.

Fashion Flip – Stitched Up Community Benefit Society Ltd – Trafford 

is a sustainable fashion programme for young people aged 8-14 in Trafford, who will examine the impacts of fast fashion, be inspired and empowered by the creative ways they can take action and gain life skills in sewing, clothes repair and upcycling.

The ARRRRT Project – Starling – Trafford

will work with 30 young people and their families in Old Trafford (Sharon Youth Centre,M16), to reduce, repair, recycle and reuse discarded household waste (plastic, fabric, food and card/paper) through educative, creative activities and online resources, run by creative facilitators with backgrounds in environmental preservation and protection.

The Little Green Sock Project – Manchester, Salford, Trafford 

We’re a children’s clothing & baby bank providing free clothing and essential equipment for families in crisis, by reusing children’s clothing & items donated by the local community. We’re creating a sustainable positive change in public behaviour towards a more circular economy for social benefit.

Community Computers – Renewal North west – Manchester, Stockport and Trafford

exists to reuse, repair and refurbish unwanted technology within Greater Manchester to tackle digital exclusion, support employment, save carbon emissions and prevent electronic waste from landfill. Working in partnership with Stockport Council and Manchester Council, we now reuse 2000+ items each year and supports 400+ families get online.

Our Community Grocers on-wheels – Humans MCR – Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Trafford

uses food destined for landfill to provide clients in Greater Manchester a full weekly shop of their choice – they shop from an emailed, extensive stock list which is designed to represent the supermarket shelves in every way other than one – price.

Precious Plastic – Sow the City – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Trafford

We are applying to start a ‘Precious Plastic’ hub – a well-established and proven model for community-based plastic recycling The project will allow us to purchase machinery and equipment to create our own miniature community recycling company at the Boiler House in Moss Side

The 2 projects below were awarded the innovation grants available for projects working across Greater Manchester in more than one district or for new innovative projects. Up to £20,000 was available in this funding pot.

Community Cookery Champions – Bounceback Food CIC

Building on our Food Waste Workshops pilot last year, we’d now like to train a network of Community Cooking Champions in each borough of Greater Manchester so that they can turn food waste into delicious free community meals on a weekly basis.

Creative Composting Club -Permanent Education CIC

The Creative Composting Club works with Primary schools in Greater Manchester to reduce waste through the art of composting. Children, teachers and parents learn through collaborative, outdoor workshops about soil, how it is made, and its important role in biodiversity and sustainability.