A helping hand for your community and its environment

Dr Ian Garner

It’s that time of year again - WRAP Northern Ireland is pleased to announce the latest round of the Rethink Waste Revenue Fund aimed at increasing resource efficiency in Northern Ireland. 

Continuing the Rethink Waste Revenue Fund this year reflects the success of many projects in making Northern Ireland more resource efficient since the Department of the Environment (DOE) introduced the Fund in 2010-11. 

The DOE is providing a Fund of at least £250,000 in 2013-14 and there is the promise of at least the same in 2014-15.  This will support revenue expenditure for projects that lead to increases in resource efficiency and which will divert waste from landfill through prevention, re-use and recycling. As such, the funding follows the aims and objectives laid out in the current draft of the recast Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy, the Waste Management Plans of individual councils and partnerships, and the Northern Ireland Landfill Allowance Scheme.

Interest has been keen since we launched the fund but there is only a short time remaining to get applications in, which must be submitted by Monday 29 April. 

The 2013/14 funding offers a source of solid financial assistance and can help you get your project going and make a real difference to your community and your environment.  The Fund has helped establish and grow enterprises that have dealt with resources through refurbishment and resale of items such as furniture, computers and IT equipment, bikes and construction materials.  Other projects have sought to positively change behaviours and understanding of the benefits of resource efficiency.

As the lead delivery body for the DOE Northern Ireland, WRAP will again work with the Department to ensure that the proposals awarded funding represent good value for money against the stated criteria, and reflect good practice that is replicable across Northern Ireland.

If you wish to apply for funding I would encourage you to download the application pack and review the Guidance Notes for Submitting Applications. Applicants should also note that projects awarded 2013-14 funds must complete the expenditure by 31 March 2014.  Having said this, the funding is offered widely and we invite applications from the Third sector and private sector, from Councils and Northern Ireland Waste Management Groups - individually or in partnership.  

Funding is for revenue costs only and capital support will not be provided. These costs though can include the following: 

  • Salaries and associated costs such as recruitment, administration and running costs
  • Premises costs including rent, rates, heating, lighting etc.
  • Financial costs such as insurance, but excluding bank interest and bank charges
  • Travel and subsistence
  • Promotional material such as advertising, publicity, education but only where it specifically relates to, and is intrinsic to the project for which revenue funds are being provided

All projects must demonstrate additional tonnage diversion from landfill and/or any associated prevention of greenhouse gas emissions, but within this there is scope for innovation and original ideas to find financial support to get them moving. 

I see this fund supporting a number of projects that can make real difference for resource efficiency and raise the bar on what can be achieved across Northern Ireland. 

Do you have a project that fits the Fund’s remit? Could it benefit from this type of financial support? If the answer to these questions is yes why not take a little time to read through the guidance notes. I very much look forward to hearing from you.