No time to waste - eco grants are up for grabs

Environment projects which have been created by Edinburgh groups could be in line for funding of up to £2,500.

The City of Edinburgh Council has made the funds available through Waste Action Grants as part of on-going plans to encourage reducing, reusing and recycling.

Environmentally conscious householders, community groups, youth groups and schools are all being urged to submit an application for funding by Thursday 14 November. Both small and large grants are available to fund eco-friendly projects that will encourage more people in the Capital to be environmentally aware about the rubbish they produce.

The Waste Action Grant Programme was launched in April 2005 and has helped to support waste related community initiatives across Edinburgh that inspire residents to find innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste.

.A range of funding is available, from smaller grants of £50-£200 to larger grants of £500 - £2500. In 2013, 12 groups received a total of £24,790 in project funding. These initiatives saw an estimated 10 tonnes of waste recycled and reused as opposed to going to landfill.

The grant helps locals to highlight the need to minimise our waste and change attitudes within our communities to waste, focus on a more sustainable way of managing our waste.

Gorgie city farm was recently awarded a £2,000 Waste Action Grant to fund to fund signage, purchase can crushers and install interactive, self-led activities.

Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "These grants really do help to get the message across that recycling should be a daily part of all of our lives, and we have already given funding to some fantastic projects.

"Local groups have come up with really innovative ideas, and I am delighted that we are able to help them in this way."

For more information on applying for a grant, contact the Waste Education Officer on 0131 469 5070, or email

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