Small 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 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 / grant recipients must be a registered legal entity.
  • The project operation / activity must be located in Wales.
  • Projects must introduce or increase the use of secondary materials (recycled plastic, paper / card or textiles) in products, components or packaging.
  • Production input / feedstock must be recycled materials (not waste).
  • Eligible projects must add value to recycled materials.
  • 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 at 50%.

Application Process

  • Step 1: Successful completion of Online Qualification Form to access full application form.
  • Step 2: Completion of full application form and submission to CEFWales@wrap.org.uk.
  • Step 3: Applications assessed by a panel of WRAP Cymru employees, Welsh Government representatives and independent experts. (The panel may request further information or invite applicants to a meeting to discuss any points for clarification.)
  • Step 4: Proposals that best meet the criteria and programme objectives are selected for funding, with each applicant being informed of the panel’s decision in writing.

Upcoming Submission Deadlines

30/05/2019Deadline for submission of full application form
20/06/2019Quarterly assessment panel
30/08/2019Deadline for submission of full application form
20/09/2019Quarterly assessment panel
10/01/2020Deadline for submission of full application form
30/01/2020Quarterly assessment panel
10/03/2020Deadline for submission of full application form
30/03/2020Quarterly assessment panel

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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