Resource Action Fund now open


The Resource Action Fund is an £18million fund, provided by Defra to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing, and better managing, waste.

We are delighted to launch this funding to support new projects in England, aimed at resource efficiency. Funded by Defra, the Resource Action Fund will support key policy outcomes in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter. It will do this through a variety of mechanisms including large and small-scale grants, and through expert support in the areas of food and non-household municipal recycling. 

Please note, the Food Waste Prevention grants and the Plastics Packaging and Textile Recycling grants are now open for applications. 

Large scale grants

Food Waste Prevention – Stage 1 proposals open 13 May – 1 July 2019
This scheme is to provide capital infrastructure that will help address a current capacity gap in the sector for redistributing food that is currently being wasted, diverting this to people in need. The grants will support redistributing a significant volume of food to end beneficiaries through not-for-profit organisations / non-commercial activity.

Plastics Packaging & Textiles Recycling Grant – Stage 1 proposals open 12 June – 2 August 2019
This scheme will provide funding support for new capital infrastructure projects that will help to recycle difficult plastic packaging and textile materials. This grant will support economic / commercial activity. The competition is separated into two lots: 

• Lot 1: Plastic packaging 

• Lot 2: Textiles 

Small scale grants


• Wave 1: Food Waste Prevention – open 13 May – 11 July 2019
Programme of grants to provide new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support to organisations redistributing surplus food from the likes of retailers and food manufacturers.  This programme will continue the success of the previous small-scale redistribution programme delivered by WRAP in addressing barriers to food redistribution.

• Wave 2: Food biochemical processing / food valorisation – TBC
Programme of grants to support pilot projects to provide new biochemical processing or valorisation for food that would otherwise become waste. We are encouraging industry to propose new processes and technologies that can be implemented and tested, with the project results being reported by the recipient back to Defra / WRAP. The grants will fund both revenue and capital costs.  

• Wave 3: Citizens food waste prevention interventions – TBC
Programme of grants to provide new and proven citizen interventions that will encourage and influence citizens to reduce food waste.

Recycling infrastructure – opening date TBC
Programme of grants to provide capital infrastructure to increase recycling capacity of non-household municipal waste. 

Litter Bin infrastructure – opening date TBC

Programme of grants that will provide support for improved litter bin infrastructure.

Expert support programme

This programme is currently under development, and we look forward to sharing more details soon. 
If you have any questions about the fund, please contact us at [email protected]. Related sitesDefra announces £6 million in funding


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