The Resource Efficient Scotland Programme, delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, is offering funding support during 2015/16 to support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) and third sector organisations who wish to implement resource efficiency improvements within their organisations.

It is recognised that while organisations understand the benefits of resource efficiency, they often do not take action, lacking both time and money to make the necessary changes. This fund has therefore been designed to help organisations overcome these barriers through the provision of funding to pay for new personnel or the redeployment of existing personnel as a short-term skilled resource to undertake a particular project with a focus on energy, water and raw materials efficiency, and waste prevention, or a subset of these. Resource Efficient Scotland would encourage applications that take a holistic approach and show diversity of the types of savings that will be achieved by the implementation.

Also welcoming applications from organisations such as Business Improvement District management organisations wishing to work with groups of businesses to address these issues.

It is important that projects demonstrate added value and impact and that they are focussed on implementation of a resource efficiency measure or measures, rather than identification or a feasibility study. In addition, the projects should not relate solely to improving on-site waste management or the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS). For assistance with these types of projects, access to other forms of funding or feasibility work, please contact the RES Advice and Support Service on 0808 808 2268 or visit www.resourceefficientscotland.com.

The Resource Efficient Scotland programme will provide £5,000-20,000 to fund a short term skilled resource position for 3-6 months. Up to 100% of the costs will be available, subject to any de minimis restrictions (see below). Any costs incurred above the maximum award value will be the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Source: Resource Efficient Scotland

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