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 Waste Prevention Programme and is co-funded by EPA Research.
The 2021 call is now open with a fund worth €625k (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 business-ready innovative projects targeting the area of food; plastic; construction & demolition and resources & raw materials. 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 2021 Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy call is now closed.
The indicative timeframe is as follows:
|Thursday 17th June 2021||Call opening|
|Thursday 1st July 2021||EPA webinar for potential applicants. Register via email@example.com|
|Thursday 22nd July 2021 at 17:00 GMT||Deadline for technical queries|
|Thursday 29th July 2021 at 17:00 GMT||Deadline for submission of applications|
|Thursday 5th August 2021 at 17:00 GMT||Organisation approval deadline for authorisation by Managing Directors (or equivalent authorised signatory) for companies|
|End of September 2021||Evaluation process completed|
|October/November 2021||Applicants notified. Grant negotiation (resolution of any technical or budget queries)|
|December 2021||Successful projects grant-awarded|