Waste Prevention Grants 2022

The annual Waste Prevention Grant Scheme 2022 is now open. Schools and community and voluntary groups can apply for funding of up to €1,000 per project under the scheme.

The purpose of the Scheme

This grant is funded by the Community, Culture & Placemaking Directorate of Cork City Council as part of our Waste Prevention Programme and our commitments under the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 (Ref: Action Policies B.1.2 and B.2.).

This scheme aims to support Cork city schools and groups to implement waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local community and to encourage partnership between local businesses, schools, charities, community and voluntary groups.

At the launch of the 2022 scheme, Cork City Council’s Environmental Awareness Officer, Mary Walsh, explained that the Waste Prevention Grants Scheme: “…aims to support the circular economy by encouraging us to re-think how we do things in order not to create waste.  Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use for longer and not generating as much waste in the first place.  It’s about redesigning, repairing, reusing, building knowledge and skills, changing attitudes and behaviour, working together and thinking creatively.”

Previous projects that received grant aid included the set-up of a wormery, rain-water harvesting, waste-bottle refill stations for schools, textile repair workshops, and furniture upcycling.

What is Waste Prevention?

Essentially waste prevention a process of re-thinking how we do things in order not to create waste. Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place. It’s about:

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  • rethinking the way we do things;
  • redesigning the items we use;
  • repairing and reusing items;
  • building knowledge and skills in the community to facilitate repair and reuse;
  • changing attitudes and behaviour about what we buy and what we throw away;

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but most of all:

  • working together and thinking creatively to do something about it.

How to Apply

You can download an application form here or by e-mail request to environmentCCP@corkcity.ie.  Closing date for receipt of applications – Wednesday 27th April 2022.