Small Scale Circular Economy Fund Grants

Organisations seeking funding for capital investment to incorporate or increase recycled content in products manufactured in Wales, or to extend the useful life-time of products, may apply for a Circular Economy Fund grant to facilitate this. Eligible projects must:

  • increase the use of recycled plastic, paper / card or textiles in existing or new products (projects seeking to use other recycled materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must provide evidence of a market failure); or 
  • extend the life-time of products / materials through preparation for re-use, refurbishment or re-manufacturing activities.

Eligible organisations of any size may either apply for a Small Scale grant from £25,000 to €200,000 (the maximum de minimis threshold), or a Large Scale grant from €200,000 to £750,000. This page provides everything you’ll need in order to progress with a Small Scale grant application. For information regarding Large 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 must be a registered legal entity.
  • The project must operate at a location in Wales.
  • Projects must increase the use of recycled plastic, paper / card or textiles) in existing or new products (projects seeking to use other recycled materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must provide evidence of a market failure); or extend the life-time of products / materials through preparation for re-use, refurbishment or re-manufacturing activities.
  • Projects must utilise materials from post-consumer / end-user sources.
  • Eligible projects must add value to recycled, re-used or re-manufactured products or materials.
  • Projects must be commercially viable (Technology Readiness Level 7 or above). Research and innovation activities are not eligible for funding.
  • Projects should consider the environmental impact of products at the end of their useful life, and the extent of their recyclability.
  • Projects must demonstrate that their viability is dependent on funding.
  • Waste processing activities and processes that involve “energy from waste” or chemical reprocessing to create fuel products are not eligible for funding.

Application Process

  • Step 1: Complete the Online Qualification Form. If you are eligible you will immediately be provided with a link to the application form;
  • Step 2: Click on the link provided to download the application form;
  • Step 3: Complete the application form and submit to CEFWales@wrap.org.uk;
  • Step 4: Applications will be assessed by a panel and you will be contacted with any questions;
  • Step 5: All applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision in writing.

Applications for grants from £25,000 to €200,000 can be submitted at any time until 10 March 2021 and will be assessed on the dates shown below.

Upcoming Application Deadlines for Grants from £25,000 to €200,000

 
18/12/2020Deadline for submission of applications
02/02/2021Assessment panel
10/03/2021Deadline for submission of applications
30/03/2021Assessment panel

Please note that we will be accepting submissions until 23:59 on each of the deadline dates specified above.

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please refer to this small 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.

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