Large Scale Circular Economy Fund Grants

Organisations seeking funding for capital investment to incorporate or increase recycled content in products manufactured in Wales, or to extend the useful life-time of products, may apply for a Circular Economy Fund grant to facilitate this. Eligible projects must:

  • increase the use of recycled plastic, paper / card or textiles in existing or new products (projects seeking to use other recycled materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must provide evidence of a market failure); or 
  • extend the life-time of products / materials through preparation for re-use, refurbishment or re-manufacturing activities.

Eligible organisations of any size may either apply for a Small Scale grant from £6,000 to €200,000 (the maximum de minimis threshold), or a Large Scale grant from €200,000 to £750,000. This page provides everything you’ll need in order to progress with a Large Scale grant application. For information regarding small scale grants, please click here.

Eligibility Criteria

Please find below a brief overview of the eligibility criteria. Full details are available within this comprehensive guidance document.

  • Applicants must be a registered legal entity;
  • The project must operate at a location in Wales;
  • Projects must increase the use of recycled plastic, paper / card or textiles in existing or new products (projects seeking to use other recycled materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must provide evidence of a market failure); or extend the life-time of products / materials through preparation for re-use, refurbishment or re-manufacturing activities;
  • Project activity must go beyond “normal” industry practice;
  • Projects must utilise materials from post-consumer / end-user sources;
  • Eligible projects must add value to recycled, re-used, or re-manufactured products or materials;
  • Projects should increase demand for materials to be recycled, re-used or re-manufactured and increase collection of those materials;
  • Projects must be commercially viable (Technology Readiness Level 7 or above). Research and innovation activities are not eligible for funding;
  • Projects should consider the environmental impact of products at the end of their useful life, and the extent of their recyclability;
  • Projects must demonstrate that their viability is dependent on funding;
  • Applicants must demonstrate that match funding between 30% and 65% of project costs, depending on business size and location, is secured;
  • Waste processing activities are not eligible for funding.

Application Process 

  • Step 1: Successful completion of online Expression of Interest Form to access full application form.
  • Step 2: WRAP Cymru review of completed Expression of Interest Form and applicant either sent an invitation to register on Delta to make a full application, or applicant contacted to discuss their proposal. 
  • Step 3: Delta invitees to register and then download, complete and submit a full application.
  • Step 4: Panel assessment conducted, with proposals that best meet the criteria and programme objectives being selected for funding.

Submission Deadlines

Round 4:

11/06/2020Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest Form
16/06/2020Expression of Interest Forms assessed
13/07/2020Deadline for submission of full application
22/07/2020Full applications assessed
28/07/2020Applicants notified of decision

Round 5:

07/07/2020Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest Form
14/07/2020Expression of Interest Forms assessed
10/08/2020Deadline for submission of full application
19/08/2020Full applications assessed
24/08/2020Applicants notified of decision

Round 6:

04/08/2020Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest Form
11/08/2020Expression of Interest Forms assessed
07/09/2020Deadline for submission of full application
16/09/2020Full applications assessed
22/09/2020Applicants notified of decision

Please note that we will be accepting submissions until 23:59 on each of the deadline dates specified above.

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please refer to this large scale guidance document and our FAQs page in the first instance. If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, please submit them to our Circular Economy Fund team at CEFWales@wrap.org.uk.