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Value from food waste small scale grant

Closing date: 
23 April, 2020 - 13:00

 ***This grant is now closed for applications***

As a result of the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 virus, WRAP appreciates that applicant businesses will currently have other key priorities to consider. We have therefore decided to extend the deadline for this grant scheme 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 below:

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

WRAP is looking to support new projects that can demonstrate the commercial potential of biochemical processing options for high-volume challenging / hard-to-tackle streams of wasted food.Applications are open from Thursday 30 January until Thursday 23 April at 13.00. Please email your application to vffwgrant@wrap.org.uk.

We aim to share the outcomes of the assessment the week commencing 22 June 2020.

The aim is to identify new viable options that can be brought to operation to minimise food waste and release the value of this food rather than it being disposed of. 

This small-scale grant will fund projects between £20,000 and £100,000, with a finite, overall budget of £500,000.

What is eligible?

The following activities are eligible for grant funding:


  • Capital usage contribution
  • Capital costs associated with prototype development / build
  • Pilot kits
  • Lab equipment


  • Lab testing costs
  • Certification costs directly associated with the project.  
  • Consumables 
  • Staff costs directly associated with the delivery of the grant project
  • Technical consultancy support
  • Monitoring & evaluation costs (maximum 20% if funded by grant)
  • Marketing / comms associated with the project (not business advertising)
  • Consumer testing
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the project. Reasonable fuel costs
  • Equipment rental (not long-term leasing)
  • Reasonable expenses allowance

To be eligible, projects must be based in England. Applicants must demonstrate the project will involve a collaboration between industry and a research organisation such as a university or research institute. The lead applicant can be either entity.

We will be shortlisting candidates based on:

  • Their single application form with supporting appendices and guidance.
  • Assessment against the weighted criteria published in the guidance and application form.

We welcome the opportunity to work with a range of projects on finding solutions for extracting value from food.

***Please note, applications for this grant are now closed.***