Investing to save – County Council launches grant fund for community waste reduction initiatives

A new grant fund supporting local communities and organisations to help people waste less has been launched by Hampshire County Council.

Nov 22 2017

To mark European Week for Waste Reduction, the County Council is inviting applications from local organisations for up to £5,000 to support them in delivering projects, products and services which prevent household waste.

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, explained: “Dealing with waste is a costly business for everyone. Local councils in Hampshire collectively spend £100 million each year dealing with the county’s waste, so reducing the amount of household waste produced could make a big difference.

“We know that some of the best work in waste reduction goes on at a local level with groups sharing knowledge or providing facilities and we want to encourage these initiatives and inspire more.”

In 2015, the County Council launched its Smart Living initiative to encourage people to make small changes to their lifestyles which would lead to big savings.

Councillor Humby continued: “The Smart Living initiative has so far made great progress, and many Hampshire residents have taken the ideas on board, reducing the amount of food they waste and donating household items to charity. There is some great work going on, but I know that limited funding can sometimes prevent good work expanding, so I hope that community groups will be encouraged to apply to the grant and we look forward to seeing the variety of applications we receive.” 

The closing date for applications for the Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund is 31 January 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss potential projects with the County Council’s Smart Living team prior to submitting an application. Please contact the team via email: waste.prevention@hants.gov.uk to arrange an informal discussion.

For full eligibility criteria and more information on the Grant, including how to apply, visit: www3.hants.gov.uk/grants/environment-grants.htm

‘Waste prevention’ is defined as measures taken before a substance, material or product has become waste. For the purposes of this fund, ‘waste prevention’ is taken to encompass any actions which prevent or reduce the amount of household waste entering the local authority waste management and recycling system, and therefore also includes: reuse, repair and home composting.

Who can apply?
• Community, neighborhood or voluntary groups
• Registered Charities
• Schools, colleges and universities
• Not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises)
• Businesses with fewer than 250 employees, i.e. small and medium sized enterprises
• Faith groups delivering community work
• Parish councils

Example projects could include (but are not limited to):
• Sharing, hiring and rental services, such as for baby products or home wares and equipment.
• Educational activities on home management, such as cooking, food preparation and storage, sewing and growing your own food
• Community engagement activities to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of preventing waste, for example events, films and social clubs
• Digital projects that make preventing waste easier or more convenient, such as the development of an app or an online hub
• Repair and upcycling of furniture and other household items
• Redistribution of surplus household food, for example via community fridges
• Introduction of local services that enable waste prevention and reuse, such as community composting and tool libraries

For more information on the Smart Living initiative, visit: www.hants.gov.uk/smartliving, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

European Week for Waste Reduction takes place annually in November. This year, the week will be 18 – 26 November with the theme ‘Give it a New Life’.