Pile of colourful shredded plastic

Resource Action Fund

Diverting, reducing, and better managing waste

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

A logo that says Resource Action Fund
Please note that the Resource Action Fund is now closed.
  • The Fund supported new projects in England, aimed at resource efficiency.
  • Funded by Defra, the Resource Action Fund supported key policy outcomes in the areas of food, plastics, textiles, recycling infrastructure, and litter. It did 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 Food Waste Prevention  applications are now closed

Grants to support organisations redistributing surplus food from the likes of retailers and food manufacturers through new small-scale capital infrastructure and revenue support. 

Large-Scale Food Waste Prevention – applications are now closed

Grants to fund capital infrastructure for addressing a capacity gap in the sector and supporting the redistribution of a significant volume of food to end beneficiaries.

Value From Food Waste – applications are now closed

Grants to 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.

Citizen Food Waste Behaviour Change Grant – applications are now closed

Grants to support projects to develop and test new citizen behaviour change communications targeting the main causes of household food waste and encourage waste prevention in the home.

COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant applications are now closed

As part of the UK Government's collaborative response to supporting key infrastructure throughout the pandemic, Defra made some of the Resource Action Fund available for investment in emergency food redistribution infrastructure and capacity to overcome challenges and barriers in the sector as a result of COVID-19.

Plastics Packaging Grant – applications are now closed

Grants providing new capital infrastructure projects to significantly increase recycling capacity for difficult to recycle plastic packaging materials.

Textiles Recycling and Re-use Grant – applications are now closed

Grants aimed at reducing waste through investment in equipment and innovative solutions to increase the recycling of textiles or extend its lifetime through reuse or repurposing, so that this material remains a valuable resource.

Non-Household Municipal Business Waste – applications are now closed

Grants providing capital infrastructure and equipment to increase recycling capacity of non-household municipal waste. Non-household municipal waste includes packaging, paper, and food waste generated by settings such as offices and the hospitality and food, education, health, transport, retail and wholesale sectors.

Litter Binfrastructure Grant – applications are now closed

Grants supporting local authorities in England to improve litter bin infrastructure.

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 can find a wealth of information including an up-to-date list of supporters and committed businesses.