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Local Circular Economy Grant 2024 now open

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Are you part of a community group, school, or other local organisation in County Waterford that’s passionate about sustainability?

If you’re eager to make a tangible impact on environmental sustainability, apply for the Circular Economy Grant 2024, run by Waterford City and County Council.

Previously known as the Waste Prevention Grant, this initiative is designed to encourage innovative local projects that embody principles of the circular economy—longevity, renewability, and minimal waste. This approach isn’t just about waste reduction; it’s about transforming our relationship with the resources we use daily.  This year, Waterford City & County Council is focusing on projects that promote reusing, repairing, and changing the way we think about and consume resources. We are looking for initiatives that can demonstrate tangible ways to extend the life of products through skills such as repair and maintenance, reducing the community’s environmental footprint.

Why Apply?
The grant, part of the council’s Waste Prevention Programme under the ‘National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy 2024 – 2030‘, supports efforts that help shift local mindsets and behaviours towards sustainable practices. Successful projects might include repair workshops, swap events, or the creation of a community sharing library for tools and equipment—anything that encourages a shift from ‘single-use’ to ‘sustainable reuse’.
In previous years, funded projects have ranged from beach toy libraries to food waste reduction workshops and composting systems. These initiatives not only conserve resources but also cultivate a sense of community and shared responsibility.

How to Apply?
Applications are open to community groups, youth groups, schools, and other community development organisations based in County Waterford. This grant is a chance to launch or expand projects that make a difference.
The application process is detailed below:
  1. Applications must be submitted online through the official form available at
  2. A detailed list of project expenditures must be included, with a clear focus on waste prevention activities.
  3. The grant covers up to 50% of approved costs initially, with the balance provided upon satisfactory project completion and reporting.
Key Dates and Criteria
Be sure to submit your application by 5pm on the 28th of June 2024. Projects will be evaluated based on their potential impact on waste prevention and their ability to serve as a replicable model of best practices in sustainability.
Apply now for the Circular Economy Grant 2024 and be at the forefront of environmental innovation in County Waterford.
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