WRAP has launched a second round of its capital grant competition to increase the re-use and repair of textiles, furniture and WEEE. From 16th November 2012, businesses with re-use and repair initiatives can apply for grants of up to £50,000.
WRAP is currently in contract negotiations with 11 organisations from the first round of funding. These have the potential to deliver carbon savings of 18,000 tonnes and create 58 full-time jobs, 21.5 volunteers, 16 apprenticeships and four training places.
Mervyn Jones, Head of Products and Materials at WRAP, said:
“There are not just big environmental benefits in businesses increasing market development opportunities in this sector. Re-use and repair, particularly of textiles, furniture and WEEE can generate jobs and social benefits too.Eligible items that could be funded via these grants include (but are not limited to):
“Through these grants we’re aiming to support businesses that have commercially robust plans to increase re-use and repair of products. The small-scale grant will help get them over the initial hurdle of reconfiguring or acquiring new assets to facilitate re-use and repair. We were pleased to see excellent take-up from social enterprises and charities as well as commercial organisations in the first round, and look forward to seeing some fresh ideas for the new round.”
- Equipment needed for collections and sorting
- Equipment for assessment and testing
- Cleaning, repair and remanufacture equipment
- Storage and stock management systems
- Packaging systems for repaired and re-usable products
- Alterations to workshop or retail premises
SMEs (including social enterprises) and local authorities can apply for the grants if they satisfy a number of evaluation criteria including:
- Value for money of their application against the amount of grant requested
- Strength of the business case
- Financial and operational robustness of the proposal
- market demand for the products delivered by the project