North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is now accepting applications for its £60,000 Waste Prevention Community Fund 2019-20. The Community Fund provides an opportunity for north London community organisations to get support to develop new approaches to tackling waste prevention.
More than 850,000 tonnes of waste are collected in north London every year. Much of this waste - food and electric waste, clothes, furniture and single use plastics - is preventable. NLWA therefore wants to support community-based organisations to tackle waste prevention issues.
The total amount of funding available for 2019-20 is £60,000, and individual projects can apply for funding of up to £15,000 to spend over a six month period.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: "We’ve seen lots of local projects delivering great work to help reduce waste in north London with the help of our Community Fund. For example, last year a successful project called ‘This is Rubbish’ delivered participatory performances and informative plays to raise awareness about food waste reduction at Nature Day at Clitterhouse Farm.
"Now, more than ever, it is hugely important that we continue to do everything we can to reduce the amount of waste we produce and that’s why NLWA is committed to supporting local community groups with innovative ideas for tackling these waste streams.
"If you are running a project that makes a real difference and helps local people reduce their waste then please do apply for funding."
Natasha Walter, Founder of Bread n Butter, said: "Thanks to the funding available from NLWA earlier this year we were able to deliver our Waste Warriors programme to primary schools across the boroughs of Barnet and Enfield. We have had such a positive response from teachers, parents and children to these workshops. It’s so important for children to be aware of these social and environmental issues, and to feel empowered to take matters in their own hands and make a change for future generations."
To be eligible for funding, the organisation must be non-profit making and the project must take place in one of the seven north London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, and Waltham Forest) and reduce the amount of local authority collected waste in at least one borough in north London. Organisations that previously submitted funding requests and/or have received support from NLWA’s Waste Prevention Community Fund may also apply for funding.
NLWA established the fund in 2017 to support to initiatives in the north London area that complement its waste prevention programme. The aim of the Fund is to extend the reach and impact of waste prevention activity in north London by supporting a wide range of community-based organisations. Preference will be given to innovative projects that focus on priority waste streams of electrical repair and reuse, food waste, furniture and textiles and single use plastics.
The closing date for applications is 12noon on 5 May 2019.
For more information about the fund or how to apply, see: http://wiseuptowaste.org.uk/community/waste-prevention-community-fund/