September deadline now passed.
The Litter Innovation Fund (LIF) is a new £450,000 programme, which is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to reduce litter in England by funding innovative approaches to pilot, implement and evaluate small scale local research projects that could be replicated more widely. The charity WRAP is managing the programme.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help investigate and carry out new ways of reducing litter. (Standard litter picking activity is not eligible for funding.)
The funding is for projects that fall into at least one of the main three themes which are:
- Education and awareness, such as innovative messaging to target a particular audience. This could be through campaigning, new signage, comparing messages or delivery approaches.
- Economic strategies, such as comparison of different approaches or alternatives to formal penalties, etc.
- Infrastructure, such as technology pilots. This could be apps, new bin or product design