Resource Action Fund

The Resource Action Fund is an £18million fund, provided by Defra to support resource efficiency projects, with the goal of diverting, reducing, and better managing, waste.

We are delighted to launch this funding to support new projects in England, aimed at resource efficiency. Funded by Defra, the Resource Action Fund will support key policy outcomes in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure and litter. It will do this through a variety of mechanisms including large and small-scale grants, and through expert support in the areas of food and non-household municipal recycling.

COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant

As part of the UK Government's collaborative response to supporting key infrastructure throughout this difficult time, Defra is making £4.85m available through the Resource Action Fund. The COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant will be delivered in three phases:

  • Phase 1 support has started with WRAP approaching a target list of small redistribution organisations who have applied previously to the fund to ascertain their immediate need for potential funding support. 
  • Phase 2 provided funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors and is now closed.
  • Phase 3 was aimed at medium to larger operators and is now closed.

Changes to application submission deadlines

WRAP appreciates that applicant businesses will currently have other key priorities to consider at this time. We have therefore decided to extend the deadline for the grant schemes by one month to allow applicants additional time. We acknowledge that this extension will also impact the timescales for delivering your proposed project, so we have therefore revised the times for the grant implementation and monitoring phases also. Please see revised timescale for each scheme below: 

Small scale grants

Value from Food Waste – Stage 1 proposals are now closed

New submission date

Thursday 23rd April 2020 at 13:00

Aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their application

w/c 22nd June 2020

Projects Operations and grant fully claimed by – 30th June 2021

July 2021

These grants will support collaborative pilot projects that trial and test new processes and ideas to specifically target difficult and challenging streams of wasted food, to ensure that this food remains useful and retains value, preventing it from being sent for disposal and becoming waste. 

The grants will fund both revenue and capital expenditure costs with project values between £20,000 and £100,000.  

Citizen Food Waste Behaviour Change Grant – Stage 1 proposals are now closed

New submission date

Wednesday 22 April 2020, at 13:00

Aim to inform applicants of the outcome of their application

w/c 8th June 2020

Funds fully claimed by

July 2021

Phase 2: Project monitoring and evaluation completion

January 2022

These grants will support projects that demonstrate new and proven citizen interventions that will encourage and influence citizens to reduce food waste. The aim of this grant is to support new, behaviour change interventions that encourage citizens to waste less food.  

Textiles Recycling and Re-use Small-Scale Grant -  closed

Grants to support projects that will enable textile materials to be recycled or re-used, diverting this waste from landfill so that it remains a valuable resource. This scheme will  be assessed on a rolling basis. The final round will close on Friday 30th October.

Assessment period open

Closing date for applications

Aim to inform applicants of outcome

Monday 15th June 2020

Monday 13th July 2020

10th August 2020

Monday 13th July 2020

Monday 3rd August 2020

7th September 2020

Monday 3rd August 2020

Monday 24th August 2020

28th September 2020


Monday 24th August

Friday 30th October

 6th November

Litter Binfrastructure – opening date 17 December

Programme of grants that will provide support for improved litter bin infrastructure.

Assessment period open

Closing date for applications

Aim to inform applicants of outcome

Thursday 17 December 2020

Friday 19th February 2021


Food Waste Prevention - applications are now closed

Programme of grants to provide new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support to organisations redistributing surplus food from the likes of retailers and food manufacturers.  This programme will continue the success of the previous small-scale redistribution programme delivered by WRAP in addressing barriers to food redistribution.

Non-Household Municipal Business Waste – Stage 1 proposals are now closed

Grants to provide capital infrastructure to increase recycling capacity of non-household municipal waste. 

Large scale grants

Plastics Packaging & Textiles Recycling Grant – Stage 1 proposals are now closed
This scheme will provide funding support for new capital infrastructure projects that will help to recycle difficult plastic packaging and textile materials. This grant will support economic / commercial activity. The competition is separated into two lots: 

Lot 1: Plastic packaging 

Lot 2: Textiles 

Food Waste Prevention – Stage 1 proposals are now closed
This scheme is to provide capital infrastructure that will help address a current capacity gap in the sector for redistributing food that is currently being wasted, diverting this to people in need. The grants will support redistributing a significant volume of food to end beneficiaries through not-for-profit organisations / non-commercial activity.

Expert support for food businesses

For large UK food and drink businesses we have a team of Business Engagement Specialists to help you on your food waste reduction journey by supporting the implementation of the ‘Target, Measure, Act’ approach in UK operations. 

If you would like to speak to a member of the team about the support available please contact us. Find out more about the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap where you will find a wealth of information including an up-to-date list of supporters and committed businesses.