Circular materials reuse and recycling

Textiles Recycling and Re-use small-scale grant

*** This grant is now closed to applications ***


The aim of this grant is to support projects that will enable textile waste materials to be recycled or re-used, diverting this waste from landfill or incineration, ensuring that it remains a valuable resource.

WRAP is looking to support projects that demonstrate a level of innovation beyond normal industry practice. This may include new technologies, equipment not tried and tested before, or interventions that help to address and overcome barriers to textile recycling or re-use.

  • The grant will now fund 100% capital costs.
  • The grant will now be released in advanced milestones payments.
  • The grant can be used to fund any capital costs associated with a business reconfiguration in response to Government guidelines on COVID-19 safety measures, where this forms an integral part of an innovative proposal/project.

To be eligible, applicants must be a legal registered entity operating or planning to operate in England.

You must be able to demonstrate that you can secure a regular supply of textiles waste materials (clothing & linens only) that can be recycled and/or re-used as part of your operation and demonstrate end-market arrangements for the output textile products.

What is eligible?

Your project must demonstrate how it addresses one or more of the current barriers to reprocessing and re-use of textiles. The following are considered barriers:

  • Quality and quantity of feedstocks may not be cost effectively and efficiently processed using manual sorting alone;
  • Chemical recycling processes may be commercially further off than mechanical processes, but they may offer higher economic potential in the long run;
  • The development of technical processes and more supply chain integration to enable scale up to a commercial size; and
  • Demand from brands and retailers is essential, as is positive consumer perceptions of the use of post-consumer textiles.


A finite budget of £1.5 million has been allocated to this grant. Grant awards will range in value from £20,000 to £170,000. The grant monies can be used to fund up to 100% of eligible project costs. The funding is available to any enterprise of any size, including not-for-profit organisations. Funds are restricted to capital expenditure only.

*** This grant is now closed to applications ***