The programme was set up with the aim of reducing the amount of business waste going to landfill and to reduce disposal costs for companies with initial financing lasting from April 2006 to March 2007.
However, applicants were asked to submit proposals covering two years as there was the possibility of funding for a second year. And now money will be available in grants of between £20,000 and £150,000.
BRF programme manager Barrie Billinghay said: The projects that have been working with us over the last year have all made great strides. With this in mind and taking into account the reduced amount available, this years fund will only be made available to existing BRF projects.
This will ensure that the work can commence promptly and that the hard work and successes to date can be built upon.
The fund is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and forms part of Defras Business Resource Efficiency and Waste programme.
It will strive to reduce the volumes of company-derived waste going to landfill by supporting the expansion of community sector reuse activities utilising business waste.