MRWA offering £110,000 to green schemes
The Merseyside Waste & Recycling Authority (MRWA), the body responsible for the disposal of municipal waste in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral, is offering voluntary groups and social enterprises a share of a £110,000 grant fund to help bring about more green projects in the area.
Open to registered charities, not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises), voluntary groups, faith groups, and schools, colleges and universities, the Community Fund 2015/16 aims to help up to eight green schemes from across Merseyside and Halton reduce, reuse or recycle household waste, cut carbon emissions, and deliver job and volunteering opportunities, amongst other benefits.
Previous Community Fund projects have included: a school uniform reuse scheme for lower-income families; a furniture restoration training workshop for young unemployed people; and a secondhand goods shops that raised money to relaunch a local meals-on-wheels service.
In all, last year’s fund help divert 1,194 tonnes from landfill (saving taxpayers £95,000 in landfill tax); and reduced the region’s carbon emissions by 1,152 tonnes.
This year’s fund is a total of £110,000 and will be split as follows:
- £57,000 for regional (i.e. Merseyside and Halton) wide projects, with a maximum award of £25,000 for any one project;
- £48,000 for district-level projects, with a maximum award of £8,000 per project; and
- £5,000 to support administration and communications activities.
MRWA has warned however, that the fund cannot be used to cover the day-to-day running of the projects (such as ongoing staffing costs), nor can it be used to finance politically-motivated activities, activities that deal with commercial and industrial waste, or for anything that is the responsibility of the local authority.
Applicants for the 2015/16 fund have until 4 March to register interest in the funding, and must prove how their projects will deliver quantifiable results. Shortlisted groups will then be invited to submit a more detailed entry.
It is anticipated that successful projects will be offered funding in May 2015 and that projects will receive funding and be able to start delivery during June 2015. Projects should all be completed by March 2016.
Fund delivers ‘a huge range of benefits’
MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The Community Fund has supported local organisations for a number of years, and it has more than made its mark – not just in reducing household waste but in delivering a huge range of other benefits including annual savings for individuals and their communities.
“It’s been a success because of the sheer creativity, commitment and reach of the voluntary and community sector across Merseyside and Halton, and we look forward to receiving even more imaginative ideas for this year’s fund.”
Download the guidance document for MRWA’s Community Fund 2015/16.