The EPA’s Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy is an annual funding call to support innovators in Ireland to develop, demonstrate and implement circular economy approaches in their business models. It is managed through the EPA’s National Circular Economy Programme and is co-funded by EPA Research.
The 2022 call is now open with a fund worth €650k (view call documentation below). Applications for funding in the range of €50k-€100k are invited, to support Irish businesses develop circular solutions in product and service design, production, distribution and use of resources (including resources and raw materials). The fund is aimed at innovative projects targeting the area of Packaging, Plastics, Textiles, Construction & buildings, Food, water & nutrients; Electronics & ICT and Batteries & vehicles. Circular business models contribute to a climate-neutral, resource-efficient economy, but also offer competitive opportunities, and appeal to customers and consumers looking for sustainable options.
All organisations applying for funding must provide written declarations that they have not been in receipt of more than €200,000 in state aid in the last three years, including funding applied for as part of this programme.
The maximum amount of funding available is €100,000 per grant award. Grant aid is provided on a shared cost contribution basis, from 25%-95% of the total eligible project costs incurred.
The 2022 Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy call is now open.
The indicative timeframe is as follows:
|Friday 10th June 2022||Call opening|
|Wednesday 22nd June 2022||EPA webinar for potential applicants. Register via firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tuesday 12th July 2022 at 17:00 GMT||Deadline for technical queries|
|Tuesday 19th July 2022 at 17:00 GMT||Deadline for submission of applications|
|Tuesday 26th July 2022 at 17:00 GMT||Organisation approval deadline for authorisation by Managing Directors (or equivalent authorised signatory) for companies|
|By mid September 2022||Evaluation process completed|
|October/November 2022||Applicants notified. Grant negotiation (resolution of any technical or budget queries)|
|December 2022||Successful projects grant-awarded|
|January 2023||Projects commenced|