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Funding news - 29/08/2017

Government Launches Litter Innovation Fund for England

The Government has announced a new £450,000 funding programme for new and innovative approaches to tackle the problem of littering in local communities across England.

The funding, which is provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and managed by the charity WRAP, will support local authorities, charities, community groups, educational institutions as well as small and medium sized enterprises who have creative ideas on how to solve the problem of littering in their communities.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help investigate and carry out new ways of reducing litter. (Standard litter picking activity is not eligible for funding.)

The funding is for projects that address at least one of the main themes which are:

  • Education and awareness, such as innovative messaging to target a particular audience. This could be through campaigning, new signage, comparing messages or delivery approaches.
  • Economic strategies, such as comparison of different approaches or alternatives to formal penalties, etc.
  • Infrastructure, such as technology pilots. This could be apps, new bin or product design.

Projects may take a range of approaches, such as:

  • Incentives, eg exploring the use of packaging (including plastics), use of rewards, nudge techniques.
  • Working together, eg promoting a collaborative approach to tackling litter with a genuine partnership.
  • Technology, eg if the initiative will use known or experimental technology details should be provided in the proposal.

All projects should be completed within six months from the date of the award.

All projects will be measured and evaluated to assess their effectiveness and the most successful could be rolled out more widely. This will ensure local authorities and communities make the best use of a host of innovative solutions in focusing their resources to tackle the scourge of litter.

Commenting on the new fund, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey, said:

“The Litter Innovation Fund offers a great opportunity for the most creative solutions to littering to receive funding and for us all to learn new ways of how to stop littering happening.”

There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for expressions of interest is 26 September 2017.

Further information can be found on WRAP’s website.

Source: DCLG, 29/08/2017

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