The purpose of the scheme:
This grant is funded by the Environment Section of Wexford County Council as part of their Waste Prevention Programme for the County (Ref: Action Policy B.1.2 and B.2. of the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021). This scheme aims to support communities to take steps on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local areas, and encourage partnership between local businesses, local schools, charities and voluntary groups.
What is Waste Prevention? Essentially it’s a process of re-thinking how we do things in order not to create waste. Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place. It’s about rethinking the way we do things – redesigning the items we use – changing attitudes and changing behaviours’ about what we buy and what we throw away, but most of all, working together and thinking creatively to do something about it.
The fund will be available in 2018 and groups must apply in writing. If successful, applicants receive 50% of the grant up front and the remainder 50% will be paid when a completion report is received detailing the project outcomes.
Wexford County Council may pay a waste prevention grant up to a maximum of €500 to voluntary community groups for waste prevention projects in their local community. Please note that outcomes must be measurable.
Eligible projects that could be funded, but are not limited to, include:
- Repair skills workshops
- Upcycling Workshops
- Elimination of single-use items
- Food waste prevention
Please note the Councils of the Southern Waste Management Region will be hosting a Re-Use Month in October 2018. Successfully funded projects must be willing to show case their results and/or be part of the Re-Use planned events.
How to apply:
1. Complete the application on line or download and print a copy of the application form and return to Environment Section, Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford. Any queries please phone (053) 9196313.
2. Closing date for receipt of applications is 1st June 2018.
Terms and Conditions
1. Applicants must show how they will deliver the waste prevention project by submitting a project schedule including a description of a method to quantifying waste prevented.
2. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the positive social &/or environmental impacts and benefits of their waste prevention project.
3. Applicants must describe how they will raise awareness of their waste prevention project within their community.
4. Applicants must describe how their project prevented waste and be able to have all expenditure complete by the 1st of November.
Payment of grants:
1. The applicants will be informed if their application has been successful or not. If successful a payment of 50 % of the approved grant shall be paid to the name of the Organisation specified on the Grant Application form. Please ensure that this name is the same as the name on the Organisation’s bank account.
2. The balance grant of the remaining 50% will be paid following receipt of a completion grant form and evidence of monies spent.
3. The completion report must be submitted before 1st November and must quantify the amount of waste prevented.
4. Please be advised that any grant that remains unclaimed before 1st November 2018 will be cancelled
Projects will be evaluated by a scoring matrix. The scores allocated to each element is described below.
1. Description of Project Schedule (20 Marks)
2. Description of a method of quantifying waste prevented (10 marks)
3. Demonstration of the positive social &/or environmental impacts and benefits of their waste prevention project. (5 marks)
4. Applicants must describe how they will raise awareness of their waste prevention project within their community.(5 marks)
5. Applications will be scored against value for money (10 marks)