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WEEE LA Project Fund - FAQs

These questions relate to the WEEE Project Fund (2019) for local authorities

Q1 Who can apply for funding?
Waste Disposal Authorities (WDA) with at least one publicly accessible Designated Collection Facility (DCF) approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are eligible to apply either individually or in collaboration with other WDAs. Waste Collection Authorities (WCA) are also eligible to apply although their application must be endorsed by the WDA in their area where this is a separate authority.
  • WDAs can additionally submit or be a partner in an application for a collaborative project with other WDAs.
  • WCAs are permitted to submit a maximum of one application to an appropriate WDA.
  • There is no limit on the number of applications from different WCAs that the appropriate WDA can endorse.
  • WDAs are permitted to submit more than one application for a project. In the event that the fund is oversubscribed priority will be given to allocating funding as widely as possible and to those projects assessed as having the best potential for collecting additional WEEE.
  • Collaboration with producer compliance schemes, waste management companies, local reuse organisations and other relevant partners is encouraged. They are permitted to manage projects on behalf of the lead local authority(s) and with that local authority’s support.
  • The fund is not available to support collection of WEEE from businesses.
Q2 When will I know if my bid has been successful?
All applicants will be informed whether they have been successful during mid-October 2019.
Q3 When will the funding be released?
Valpak Retail WEEE Services Ltd will make the necessary payment of funds to successful applicants shortly after they have been notified and ahead of the start date for all projects.
Q4 Does my project have to only focus on one stream of WEEE?
No, projects can be for either single or multiple streams.
Q5 Can we use the funding for current operations or projects which are being run?
No, the fund is intended to support new projects which are additional to existing or planned activity – this could include the first phase of the roll out of a new service or the expansion of existing projects.
Q6 How many projects will be funded?
There is no limit on the number of projects, however the total fund is limited. In the event that the fund is oversubscribed priority will be given to allocating funding as widely as possible and to those projects assessed as having the best potential for collecting additional WEEE.
Q7 Is match funding needed?
No, but authorities may wish to incorporate WEEE collection activity into other more widespread projects which they are considering funding which do not currently include WEEE.
Q8 How much funding can I apply for?
There is no limit to the level of funding you can apply for, however the total fund is limited. The project specifications give guidance on the expected level of funding for each project type. In the event that the fund is oversubscribed priority will be given to allocating funding as widely as possible and to those projects assessed as having the best potential for collecting additional WEEE.
Q9 What are the timelines for delivery?
  • Call for proposals: 21st August 2019
  • Application submission: 30th September 2019
  • Winning Bid Selection: w/c 30th September 2019
  • Distribution of Funds:end October 2019 onwards
  • Mid-project Review calls to be conducted by Anthesis – timing to be determined but expected in the first half of 2020
  • Report back on results within 1 month of project completion or by 1st November 2020 at the latest.
Q10 My project will not be completed in line with the delivery period, can I still apply? (e.g. a campaign that starts at the end of one funding period and runs into the next)
Yes, however please add an explanation as to why the project would be delivered after the delivery period and an outline of the project timeline with a set deadline.
Q11 Can I apply to do more than one project?
There is no limit on the number of projects you can apply for, but the total fund is limited. In the event that the fund is oversubscribed priority will be given to allocating funding as widely as possible and to those projects assessed as having the best potential for collecting additional WEEE.
Q12 Can I apply for a project that covers more than 1 project theme?
The project templates are identified by their main activity or theme. There is scope for other activities to be incorporated under the localized bespoke design and application.
Q13 What partners can I work with?
Local authorities are encouraged to work with appropriate partners to plan and implement their projects. There are no restrictions as to which partners you work with. Possible partners could include local or national charities, CIC’s, WEEE PCS’s, waste contractors or treatment facilities, schools and universities and other community programs.
Q14 Do I have to do all elements in the template?
Bids that incorporate all elements of the templates have the greatest chance of success for being approved.
Q15 I want to do a project that is not represented, how do I apply?
This should be submitted under the ‘Other’ category but please be aware that it is likely to need additional work for the applying WDA to provide the necessary detail as to what the project is about, how it will be delivered, and what impact it will have on WEE collection.
Q16 How will the bids be evaluated?
  • The DTS has engaged Anthesis as an independent expert to evaluate and assess all applications and produce a shortlist of recommend projects for approval by Defra.
Q17 What are the reporting requirements?
Once a project has been completed the evaluation form must be completed within 1 month of the project being completed or by 1st November 2020 at the latest. Local Authorities are required to report metrics on tonnage, social value, description of activities, example materials and case study content.
Q18 How much information should I put in my bid?
  • You do not need to include too much information, as long as the bid is clear and concise to explain the project.
  • Further information on what is expected is given in the relevant project specification sheet.
Q19 Can I receive new funding for a previous project my Local Authority has completed?
  • You can only receive funding for a previous project which is still running. Any projects which have stopped and would re-start would not receive funding.
  • Individual Local Authorities cannot receive funding for the same project which has been completed previously – this would be considered as a duplication. A Local Authority would receive funding for a previously completed project by a different Local Authority – this would be considered a replication.
Q20 How will feedback be provided?
All applicants will receive feedback as to whether their projects have been successful or not via email.

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