Initiatives for the reuse and repair of textiles, furniture and WEEE can bid for grants of up to £50,000 in the second round of a WRAP competition.
WRAP said the grants were to support businesses that have “commercially robust plans” and were intended to finance reconfiguring the business or to buy new assets to facilitate the reuse or repair of products.
SMEs, including social enterprises, and local authorities, can apply for the grants. Criteria for selection include: value for money, a good business case, and market demand for the products generated by the project.
Mervyn Jones, head of Products and Materials at WRAP, said: “There are not just big environmental benefits in businesses increasing market development opportunities in this sector. Reuse and repair, particularly of textiles, furniture and WEEE can generate jobs and social benefits too.”
Items that eligable for funding include:
- Equipment needed for collections and sorting
- Equipment for assessment and testing
- Cleaning, repair and remanufacture equipment
- Storage and stock management systems
- Packaging systems for repaired and reusable products
- Alterations to workshop or retail premises
WRAP is in contract negotiations with 11 organisations from the first round of funding, which it said had “the potential to deliver carbon savings of 18,000 tonnes and create 58 full-time jobs, 21.5 volunteers, 16 apprenticeships and four training places”.
Jones added: “We were pleased to see excellent take-up from social enterprises and charities as well as commercial organisations in the first round, and look forward to seeing some fresh ideas for the new round.”
The deadline for applications is 10 January 2013.