Six weeks to bid for share of £4 million

23rd October 2012

Time is running out for Welsh businesses to apply for their share of £4 million of European funding. The deadline for applications for the current round of WRAP Cymru’s Large Scale Infrastructure and Reprocessing Fund is 13:30 on Tuesday 4 December.

Up to 40 per cent match funding is available for infrastructure dealing with commercial and industrial wastes which will add value to recycled materials and provide high quality recyclate for Welsh manufacturers. Target materials include organics/compost (excluding paper and card), plastics, treated/contaminated wood, WEEE, textiles, flooring, tiles, insulation and composites.

To be eligible for funding, businesses must be based in Wales’ Convergence region (comprising North West Wales, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys) and have fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover  below €50 million.

The Large Scale Infrastructure and Reprocessing Fund is part of the ARID (Accelerating Reprocessing Infrastructure Development) project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Its aim is to award £4.15 million of grants – typically of £250,000 to £500,000 each – by 2015.

WRAP Cymru European Projects Manager Bettina Gilbert said:

“The ARID programme recognises the economic boost which the recycling and reprocessing sector brings to Wales, and the importance of developing a domestic market for recyclate.

“Our target for the Large Scale Infrastructure Fund is to create 30 new green jobs in the areas where they are most needed, and prevent over 150 kilotonnes of C02 emissions.

“The fund can also act as a catalyst for businesses to leverage additional funding for their capital projects. Being able to demonstrate that they are able to secure ERDF funding can really boost a company’s chances of attracting other sources of investment.”

Reprocessors which are yet to start the application process can call 029 2044 8090 or email to find out more. Bettina will also be available at the WRAP Cymru Conference in Cardiff on 8 November.

ARID funding is also available for recycling collections and bring sites for small and medium businesses, and for manufacturers which want to use recycled materials in their products. More information on can be found at



Bettina Gilbert

European Projects Manager
029 2044 8090