Large Scale Circular Economy Fund Grants

Manufacturers seeking funding for capital investment to incorporate or increase recycled content in products, components or packaging produced in Wales – existing or new to market – may apply for a Circular Economy Fund grant to facilitate this.

Eligible businesses, of any size, may either apply for a ‘small scale’ grant from approximately £25,000 up to €200,000 (the maximum de minimis threshold) or a ‘large scale’ grant from €200,000 and normally up to £750,000. This page provides everything you’ll need in order to progress with a large scale grant application. For information regarding small scale grants, please click here.

Eligibility Criteria

Please find below a brief overview of the eligibility criteria. Full details are available within this comprehensive guidance document.

  • Applicants / grant recipients must be a registered legal entity.
  • The project operation / activity must be located in Wales.
  • Projects must increase the use of secondary materials (recycled plastic, paper / card or textiles) in products, components or packaging and must go beyond normal practice (e.g. 30% rHDPE in milk bottles).
  • Production input / feedstock must be recycled materials (not waste).
  • Eligible projects must add value to recycled materials.
  • Projects should increase demand for recycling collections.
  • Input materials must not be own (process) waste.
  • All projects must demonstrate added value (e.g. through job safeguarding / creation, increased turnover, CO2e emissions avoided, community benefits).
  • Projects must be Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 and above (prototype demonstrated in operational environment) – we cannot fund research and development projects.
  • Consideration will also be given to the environmental impact of products supported through the grant at the end of their useful life, and the extent of their recyclability.
  • Projects must be both commercially and economically viable.
  • Projects must demonstrate the need for funding and the ability to match fund between 30% and 65% of project costs, depending on business size and location.  
  • Investments must have a guarantor or WRAP may take first charge over assets.

Application Process 

  • Step 1: Download, completion and submission of Outline Proposal Form (to CEFWales@wrap.org.uk).
  • Step 2: Panel assessment conducted for shortlisting purposes, and applicants informed in writing as to whether they are invited to submit a full application.
  • Step 3: Invitees to register on Delta to download, complete and submit a full application.
  • Step 4: Panel assessment conducted, with proposals that best meet the criteria and programme objectives being selected for funding.

 Upcoming Submission Deadlines

07/06/2019Deadline for submission of Outline Proposal Form
21/06/2019Outline Proposal Forms assessed
30/08/2019Deadline for submission of full application
26/09/2019Full applications assessed
27/09/2019Applicants notified of decision
16/08/2019Deadline for submission of Outline Proposal Form
30/08/2019Outline Proposal Forms assessed
25/10/2019Deadline for submission of full application
27/11/2019Full applications assessed
28/11/2019Applicants notified of decision
25/10/2019Deadline for submission of Outline Proposal Form
08/11/2019Outline Proposal Forms assessed
10/01/2020Deadline for submission of full application
11/02/2020Full applications assessed
12/02/2020Applicants notified of decision

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please refer to this large scale guidance document and our FAQs page in the first instance. If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, please submit them to our Circular Economy Fund team at CEFWales@wrap.org.uk.