Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund

The Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund (2021 to 2022) is a joint Recycle for Greater Manchester (R4GM) and Suez initiative to support Greater Manchester Community and Voluntary sector groups to deliver projects that help to reduce household waste 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.

How much funding is available?

There are two funding awards available:

  • 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 one council area or all nine councils (excluding Wigan). A total of £40,000 of funding is available, maximum amount £20,000 per project.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from Community and Voluntary Sector organisations such as:

  • Registered charity (charity number must be provided)
  • Not-for-profit organisation (defined as a registered legal entity that does not make a private profit for directors, members, or shareholders)
  • Community, neighbourhood or voluntary group
  • Faith group delivering community work
  • School, college or university

The fund is supported through profits from the new ‘Renew’ reuse shops. The Renew Shops will be opening in the Spring 2021 and will be based at three household waste recycling centres:

  • Woodhouse Lane in Trafford
  • Boysnope Wharf in Salford
  • Arkwright Street in Oldham

The shops will sell pre-owned household items that have been donated by residents at household recycling centres across Greater Manchester (excluding Wigan).

The Community Fund 2021 to 2022 will be open for submission of applications from: Thursday 1 April until 31 May 2021.

To download an application form, click on the pink button below which will take you to the Recycle for Greater Manchester website. 

Download an application form

Greater Manchester Environment Fund

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 and complete the Community Fund application form now, but you will not be able to submit it for consideration until 1 April 2021.

All applicants should read the Community Fund Guidance notes before they submit their application form.

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