With the cost of dealing with Hampshire’s waste regularly topping the £100 million a year mark, Hampshire County Council invited local communities and organisations to tell us about their ideas for helping people waste less, with grants available to help kick start or expand their projects. There is so much going on at a local level and we hope to encourage those initiatives and inspire more.
The successful projects to the grant fund so far include:
- Sun Hill School in Alresford: setting up a workshop for pupils to learn repair and upcycling skills
- Bundely in Havant: a platform for buying and selling bundles of second-hand children’s clothes and equipment
- Jacobs Well Care Centre in Gosport: a project to reuse/repair/launder and redistribute school uniforms
- Lemon and Jinja in Romsey: providing a ‘click & collect’ service to complement their zero-waste food and household good shop
- Care and Relief for the Young (CRY) in Eastleigh: running a regular programme of clothes swap events to promote textile reuse
One of the projects which was supported in the last round of the grant fund was the Cook in your Kitchen project (pictured). The project offered one-to-one tuition in people’s homes to help them reduce food waste and save money on food bills. Food waste is a problem nationally with UK households throwing away over 7 million tonnes of good food and drink each year. This equates to £470 per household per year, or £700 per household with children per year.
Ester Davies, an experienced food nutritionist, is the coordinator for the project and the designer of the cookery lessons.
Ester said: “What we discovered from this project is that a lot of people have got a glut of food in their cupboard, and I think that when people become aware of their habits then there is change, but that can only happen when you’re working with people. If we, as individuals, can bring about change then they become big contributions in changing people’s attitudes.”
Watch a short video with Ester and Clare and what they think about reducing food waste.
The Waste Prevention Community Grant fund is still open for applications from local organisations for up to £5,000 to support them in delivering projects, products and services which prevent household waste or encourage reuse. This is the second year that the grant has been available, and it will be open until all the funding is allocated.
Interested groups are encouraged to discuss potential projects with us prior to applying. Please contact the team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal discussion.
See full eligibility criteria and more information on the Grant, including how to apply and videos of some of last year’s successful projects.
Who can apply?
- Community, neighbourhood 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
Previously successful projects in 2018/19 include:
- Expanding the reach of family events to share, hire or rent baby products and toys
- Composting courses with a focus on the health benefits of gardening
- A waste prevention themed children’s book aimed at all infant aged children and their families
- Launching beeswax wrap ‘satchels’ as an alternative to plastic sandwich bags
- Running community upcycling classes
- An extension of a furniture workshop to enable upcycling and repair activities
- Running a school cooking club to teach cookery skills and learn about healthy eating
- Setting up a monthly repair café
- A local campaign to raise awareness of reusable alternatives to single use plastics
- Providing a community fridge to redistribute surplus food from local homes
The Community Grant Fund builds on the progress of the Smart Living initiative to encourage people to make small changes to their lifestyle which could lead to bigger savings.