Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund


There is no deadline for starting the process of applying to us for a grant. Your project’s start date is the key piece of information you need to consider when you are determining when to submit your Stage 1 and Stage 2 application.

Choosing to submit an application at the right point will give you as much time as possible to prepare and gather the information that will allow you to submit the best one possible.

Use our online Postcode Checker to confirm your project is in an area we cover.

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As well as your project meeting our postcode criteria, you must have 20% of the project cost in cash (this cannot be the cash equivalent of goods/services provided for free) before you submit Stage 1 of our application and if you need any permissions (e.g. planning and/or a church faculty) they must be secured before you submit Stage 2 of your application.

What do we fund? What don’t we fund?
✓  Applications from constituted, not-for-profit groups ✗  Regulatory bodies (e.g. Environment Agency)
✓  Capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates in one of the following categories ✗  Zoos, museums, libraries, theatres, schools or hospitals
  • Community buildings and rooms: e.g. community centres; village halls; community spaces within religious buildings, Scout or Girlguiding buildings
✗  Educational or arts organisations
  • Outdoor spaces: e.g. public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths
✗  Organisations where members receive a financial benefit
  • Play and recreation: e.g. play areas, skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms
✗  Projects where the public amenity is subject to a lease of less than six years remaining duration
✓  Projects that are open to the wider general public for at least 104 days a year without any limit or unreasonable restrictions of use ✗  Shops or projects established to generate an income for use other than for the upkeep of the project
✓  Projects with a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs) ✗  Projects where there is accommodation on site
✓  Projects that have already secured at least 20% of the total cost ✗  Projects that involve the purchase of land or buildings
✓  Projects that have secured all permissions (e.g. planning) ✗  Exhibitions, sculptures, statues or memorials
✓  Maximum award of £75,000 ✗  Restoration of buildings
✓  Minimum award of £10,000 ✗  Allotments, graveyards or crematoria areas
✓  Projects that will be completed within 12 months ✗  CCTV and portable equipment, including sports and fitness kit, lawnmowers, furniture and white goods
✗  Street scene improvements – roads, car parks, street trees
✗  Renewable energy projects to access feed-in tariffs e.g. solar panels
✗  Staff costs that do not relate to the physical project
✗  Projects that have already started


Biodiversity projects 
✓  Applications from registered Environmental Bodies with projects that meet ENTRUST requirements

✓  Projects with a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs)

✓  Projects that have already secured at least 20% of the total cost

✓  Maximum award of £75,000

✓  Minimum award of £10,000

✓  Projects that will be completed within 18 months


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