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Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy.

The programme will deliver its ambitions through four areas of activity:
  • Increasing the scale and provision of services to SMEs in Scotland to become more efficient in their use of resources
  • Stimulating new business activity to identify, develop and bring to market new circular economy products and services
  • Supporting collaboration between businesses and academia to catalyse and demonstrate next generation products and services within the circular economy
  • Helping community and third sector organisations to develop local approaches to tackling resource efficiency and to engage in the development of a more local circular economies.


What sectors are they funding?

Between 2016 and 2018, Zero Waste Scotland is making funding and support available through structured grant calls and procurements. These will focus on priority commercial and industrial sectors which are:
  • the bio economy (food and drink)
  • built environment (construction and demolition)
  • energy infrastructure (oil and gas decommissioning, renewables, transmission)


Who can apply?
  • Small to medium sized enterprises (less than 250 employees/turnover less than £35million)
  • Non-profit organisations (charities and social enterprises)


What activities are they interested in?
  • Exploring market feasibility for new circular economy products
  • Development and adoption of innovative business models for new circular economy products and services
  • Development and uptake of innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy

Find out more and apply

Apply at and Zero Waste Scotland will let you know within 30 working days if stage one of your application has been successful, at which point you will be invited to complete the final part of the application process.
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