Groups passionate about reducing waste and increasing recycling across Greater Manchester can now apply for a slice of Recycle for Greater Manchester’s £220,000 Community funding pot for their innovative projects.

The fund, now in its fourth year, has already supported 66 projects which have brought fresh ideas on how to tackle traditional waste challenges, from repairing electronics to reducing food waste. Past projects have included community grocers on wheels to redistribute potential food waste, repair cafes helping people to repair their old items, initiatives that provide used children’s items to families struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, and much more.

Two different award categories for the fund are available:

£180,000 will be divided between projects that benefit individual Greater Manchester boroughs, with a maximum funding of £10,000 per project.

£40,000 of funding will be open to projects that span two or more boroughs, or Greater Manchester as a whole, with a maximum funding of £20,000 per project.

Applications are open until noon on Friday 31 May 2024.

For more information about funding criteria and how to apply, visit the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said:

“The community fund helps to empower Greater Manchester communities to take action and make real change. We have already been able to support so many amazing projects which are helping to repair items, reduce, recycle and reuse waste across Greater Manchester.

“Collectively, these projects really do make a difference to improving our communities, reducing our carbon emissions and overall environmental impact. I would encourage all eligible groups who are considering or even currently working on new and exciting projects to apply for the fund.”


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