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UK: More grants of up to £50,000 available for re-use and repair initiatives

Businesses with re-use and repair initiatives can apply for grants

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.

“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.”
Eligible items that could be funded via these grants include (but are not limited to):

  • 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