A community fund launched by Merseyside Recycling Waste Authority (MRWA) and supported by Veolia Environmental Services, is offering out a TOTAL of £60,000 for dispersion amongst community and voluntary groups in Halton.
The scheme began accepting applications for the grants on May 28.
Community groups, voluntary groups, partnerships and schools in Halton are among those eligible to apply for the money to put towards projects that will benefit the environment.
The money has this year been divided between three categories which will be staggered between May and September.
The first pot of £30,000 is now open for bids, with successful applicants receiving grants ranging from £3,000-£7,000.
Two other funds will be released later in the year.
The cash will be given to organisations which come up with ideas for projects which prioritise preventing the creation of waste, increasing the re-use of materials, and increasing recycling.
Examples of previously-supported projects include the purchase of equipment to test re-used electrical items, community art projects using recycled materials, and classes to teach parents to sew and repair clothing.
Alex Paterson, director of Veolia Merseyside and Halton, said: “Veolia are proud to support the Community Fund. We all appreciate funding opportunities are scarce during the current economic climate. The new structure will allow us to make important contributions to a greater range of organisations.”
Application forms are available from www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/your-waste/community-fund or by calling MRWA on 0151 255 1444.
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, June 29.