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Waste Prevention Implementation Fund

Up to £100,000 grants available for the implementation of waste prevention measures


It is recognised that while organisations understand the benefits of waste prevention, they often do not take action, lacking the finance and support to make the necessary changes.  This fund has therefore been designed to help organisations overcome these barriers to undertake a particular project with a focus on raw materials savings, carbon savings and the movement of waste material up the waste hierarchy.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply for funding your organisation must be:

  1. A small or medium sized enterprise according to the European Commission definition (European Commission definition of an SME can be accessed by clicking here), which means your enterprise will have fewer than 250 employees and its turnover will be below €50m.

  2. An SME that has a base in Scotland and it must be this location that benefits from the funding.

For the avoidance of doubt, the following types of organisation are not eligible to apply for grants:

  • Public sector bodies (publically funded bodies such as councils, academic institutions)

  • Large sized companies, i.e. companies which are not SMEs (more than 250 employees)

  • Waste Management Companies (e.g.  businesses whose core business is management, recycling or disposal of waste)

Please note that if you have previously received European Union (EU) funding in relation to your proposed project from other source/s (i.e. not part of the ZWS Waste Implementation Funding Programme) then this will render you out of scope to apply as this would count as double funding.  Furthermore, it would be a condition of contract if you are successful, that you would be unable to apply in the future for EU funding specifically relating to the ZWS funded project.

What can it fund?

To be eligible to apply for funding your project must:

  1. Result in evidenced implemented waste material, cost and carbon savings arising from materials savings;
  2. Be able to demonstrate that the project would not be viable without receiving the implementation funding;

  3. Operate within the food, drink and construction sectors, however waste prevention initiatives in other sectors may be supported;

  4. Demonstrate added value and impact and focus on the physical implementation of a proven waste prevention measure or measures, rather than identification of/or a feasibility study;

  5. Have a payback period of up to 10 years or in the case of equipment purchase, within the lifespan of the equipment. 

How do I apply?

The first stage in the WPIF application process involves submitting an online Expression of Interest.

Before you complete your Expression of Interest, you must check that both your organisation and project meet all the key criteria above. 

For further information on the application process, eligibility and FAQs, download the Guidance note for Applicants

Please Note: ‘The ERDF national rules do not allow the payment of funding up front. Recipients must initially pay for the measure and then retrospectively make the claim for payment to ZWS providing  evidence that the goods and /or services have been delivered and that they have proof that the payment has been made.  ’

Further information

Call us now on 0808 808 2268 for advice and support with your application.

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