Value from food waste small scale grant

Closing date: 
26 March, 2020 - 13:00

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 26 March at 13.00. Please email your application to

We aim to share the outcomes of the assessment the week commencing 25 May 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, and we look forward to receiving your application.

Find out more and apply

We ask for your email address so that we can update you if any changes are made to the process after you have expressed an interest. Your details will be stored securely and deleted in line with WRAP’s privacy policy. We will not use your contact details for any other purpose. If you have any questions about this grant, you can contact us via