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. 

Small scale grants

Value from Food Waste – Open for applications from 30 January - 26 March 2020
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 open for applications from 30 January - 25 March 2020
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 - opening date March 2020

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. 

Litter Bin infrastructure – opening date TBC

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


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.