Applications are now open for Plan Plastic, a £1m fund to support projects that can demonstrate an impact on plastic pollution now and in the future.
The fund has been raised from the sale of 5p carriers bags at Waitrose and grants will range from £150,000 to £300,000. The retailer is partnering with environmental charity Hubbub to support the chosen projects and measure the impact of the grants.
Applications are welcomed from a range of organisations including charities, academic bodies, social enterprises, and schools & colleges, across the following project areas:
- Plastics in the community – projects encouraging and enabling plastic recycling and the circular economy linked to social impact, for example, promoting wellbeing in the community.
- Education – campaigns aimed at children and young people to raise awareness and change behaviour to reduce plastic pollution.
- Public behaviour change – projects inspiring and enabling new ways of shopping and consuming.
- Food, agriculture and farming – projects focusing on finding alternatives, reducing use, and increasing reuse of plastics in the food, agriculture and farming industries.
- Micro plastics – projects aimed at identifying the impact, reducing the prevalence and preventing micro plastic pollution.
Organisations can apply via the Plan Plastic – The Million Pound Challenge website at www.planplasticfund.com and entries need to be in by 24 February 2019.
An independent expert panel made up of representatives from academia, industry, non-governmental organisations, business and a senior Waitrose Partner, will convene in April to review the submissions. The chosen grantees will be announced in May 2019.
Trewin Restorick, CEO and Founder, Hubbub said: “Waitrose’s new grant fund is tremendously exciting as it will support innovative thinking on how to combat the issue of plastic pollution. We’ll be on the lookout for entries that really demonstrate a tangible impact and that will have a longer-term legacy beyond the grant funding stage. We’d encourage any eligible organisation working in this space to apply via the website.”
The Global Good Awards 2019 are now open!
There are 13 categories to choose from including Environmental Behaviour Change, Sustainable Supply Chain and Good Employer of the Year. And remember entry fees are only charged when you submit your entry. There are no fees to pay for starting an application.