Waste prevention projects in Waltham Forest invited to apply for £250,000 funding pot

North London Waste Authority wants to support not-for-profit organisations in North London working to reduce waste

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Not-for-profit organisations running waste prevention projects across North London are being invited to apply for a share of a £250,000 pot of money from the North London Community Fund. 

Projects from the seven boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, and Waltham Forest are eligible to apply for the fund created by North London Waste Authority (NLWA).

The fund will be split into two stages providing small, medium and large-sized awards for 2024/25, aimed at helping non-profit organisations develop new approaches to reduce waste or extend the reach and impact of existing projects. 

Of this, £150,000 will be allocated to small awards of up to £5,000 and for medium-sized projects of for up to £15,000 each. Applications opened on Monday (16th) October and close on 15th December. 

The second round, which is due to launch in the new year, will enable two organisations to benefit from a large award from the remaining fund of £100,000 for projects delivered over two years.

Clyde Loakes, NLWA chair, said:  “Our aim is to preserve resources and the environment for future generations, but that can only happen if we all work together to reduce waste and support the circular economy. 

“That’s why we’re passionate about helping organisations to deliver lasting change on the ground by making our North London Community Fund even better next year. 

“I strongly encourage all not-for-profit organisations – whether big, medium or small – with innovative ideas on promoting resource efficiency, reducing waste generation or minimising climate impacts to apply for funding.” 

NLWA has been giving grants since 2017 to support waste prevention initiatives in the North London area. The fund was increased to £250,000 in 2023/24, and successful applicants included: 

  • 2econd Chance refurbishing unwanted laptops and donating them to people in need, while providing valuable training and employment opportunities;  
  • Bounds Green Food Bank is working towards becoming zero-waste by installing a thermos compost bin, using biodegradable packaging and turning old bedding into tote bags;  
  • Nappy Ever After purchased a new e-cargo bike to expand its reusable nappy laundry service, including to nurseries;  
  • Octopus Community Network is forming a network of three neighbourhood-based Compost Hubs in Islington to reduce food waste;  
  • Eco Show and Tell have been hosting sustainability fairs across Barnet to share practical waste reduction tips; 
  • The Inconvenience Store have been running a series of workshops aimed normalising a climate-conscious lifestyle and empowering people to do something at a local level.

To be eligible for funding, an organisation must be non-profit. The project must take place in at least one of the seven North London boroughs and help residents reduce waste.  Organisations that have previously submitted funding requests and/or received support from NLWA’s North London Community Fund may apply.

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