Funding Opportunities

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Circular Economy Business Support Service

The Circular Economy Business Support Service, administered by Zero Waste Scotland, offers investment for SMEs based in Scotland and supports work that will deliver circular economy growth. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

The Circular Economy Business Support Service offers dedicated and expert one-to-one business support directly to small and medium-sized businesses across all sectors in Scotland. It is designed to help companies explore more circular ways of doing business which can result in resource efficiencies, improved profitability, higher quality products, increased customer base and alternative supply chains for business.

The service is open to businesses and organisations across all sectors in Scotland seeking to develop and/or implement new business models, technologies, practices, products or services which can embed circular economy principles.  This includes circular economy business models around sharing resources, modular design, re-use and repair, remanufacturing and reprocessing.

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Circular Economy
Investment Fund ​

Zero Waste Scotland administers a £18million Circular Economy Investment Fund, which provides grant funding to small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to:

  • Explore markets for new circular economy products

  • Commercialise innovative business models for new circular economy products and services

  • Develop innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy

Funding is available from £50,000 to £1m to support SMEs pioneering alternatives to the ‘make, take, dispose’ approach, and keeping products and materials in a high-value state of use for as long as possible. It comprises support from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

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STV Green Fund

Organisation: STV 

Summary: The new £1m STV Green Fund will help sustainable Scottish businesses connect with consumers to promote their eco-credentials. 

Deadline: N/A

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IBioIC Innovation Funding

Organisation: IBioIC

Summary: IBioIC's Innovation Fund awards up to £100,000 for collaborative projects in the bio economy between companies and academia, to support costs incurred by academic partners, to be matched by cash/ in-kind contributions from industry.

Deadline: 14th October 2021

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Climate Challenge Fund

Organisation: Keep Scotland Beautiful

Summary: The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) supports projects that work to reduce over-consumption, encourage the reuse of items, extend the life of everyday items through repair and maintenance and promote recycling of materials.

Deadline: N/A

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