England promoting recycling, re-use, or composting will be run by the Royal
Society for Nature Conservation (RSNC) in partnership with the New
The fund today welcomed the appointment of its partner, the Royal Society
for Nature Conservation, as a step towards the launch of the programme early
Improving quality of life is a key aim of the New Opportunities Fund, the
largest National Lottery distributor of good cause money. The fund targets
disadvantaged communities through awards to health, education, and
Individual local projects on transforming waste that apply for funding under
this open grant scheme must set out to expand community sector waste re-use,
recycling or composting. They will need to show that they will promote the
key aims and objectives of local waste strategies and help local authorities
meet their recycling targets.
The programme, Transforming Waste, is part of a larger initiative,
Transforming Communities, that is bringing£149m of National Lottery
money to environment projects throughout the UK. Transforming Your Space
and Renewable Energy programmes are the other parts of Transforming
Communities. RSNC has good experience of working cooperatively with the
New Opportunities Fund as the Society is already an 'award partner' for the
Fund in the Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities programme.
Chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund, Stephen Dunmore, welcomed the
news of the Royal Society for Nature Conservation appointment as award
partner saying: 'RSNC is experienced in working with local groups and
managing projects and is well-placed to effect change in waste management
and improve quality of life. We shall look to benefit particularly
Michael Singh, executive director of RSNC, said: 'We consider it a great
compliment to be chosen by the New Opportunities Fund as the award partner
for England in this major new initiative. RSNC recognised the importance
of the community waste sector's contribution to achieving government's waste
strategy targets and we look forward to working closely with the sector to
benefit disadvantaged communities and the environment. We take our
responsibilities seriously and will ensure that this considerable sum of
lottery money will be used to maximum effect.'
In Wales, the award partner for the Transforming Waste programme will be
Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The council will award£2.95m
funding in Wales over the three-year life of the programme. Today, the New
Opportunities Fund launches its Transforming Your Space programme in Wales.
Together these two strands of the programme will spend£6.5m to
support projects in Wales that are practical demonstrations of sustainable
Information on Transforming Waste award partners for the programme in
Northern Ireland (£2.25m) will be given next week, and the partner in
Scotland (£5.25m) will be released next month. For the UK overall
the Transforming Waste programme has a total of£49.5m of lottery
In the UK, many millions of tonnes of waste materials are disposed of in
landfill that could be given a second life, by being either converted to
another use or repaired to extend its life. Recycling, re-use and
composting of materials is a more responsible approach to the management of
resources and contributes to a more sustainable environment for the future.
The programme will fund projects that are led by community-sector
organisations working in partnership with the public and/or private sectors
as appropriate, which expand community sector waste recycling, re-use or
1 Community sector in this context means organisations constituted as
having social and/or environmental objectives, which operate either as a
charity, as a worker-owned cooperative, or on a not-for-profit basis,
engaged in community-based, sustainable waste management activities.
2 New Opportunities Fund is the biggest of the National Lottery good
cause distributors, providing National Lottery funding for health, education
and environment projects across the UK, with a particular focus on
disadvantage and improving quality of life. To date the nd has committed
over£1.3bn in funding to schemes across the UK. The fund support
sustainable projects that will:
* Improve the quality of life of people throughout the UK
* Address the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society
* Encourage community participation
* Complement relevant local and national strategies and programmes
Funding for programmes is divided between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect levels of deprivation.
3 RSNC is a registered charity, incorporated by Royal Charter, to
promote conservation and manage environmental programmes throughout the
whole of the UK. It has established management systems for holding and
distributing funds totalling more than£17m annually to environmental
projects across the UK.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FUND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES
1 Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities (£125 in UK including
£10.78m for the Scottish Land Fund)
The programme encourages small community-based projects and those
designed to help urban and rural communities understand, improve, or care
for their environment by creating, preserving or promoting access to green
spaces of educational, recreational or environmental value to the community.
Acquisition of land, reuse of derelict land, and creation of habitats which
encourage bio-diversity are included. The programme delivers through Award
Partners and includes over£40m of funding targeted on new and
improved playing fields and children's play.
2 Transforming Communities (£159m in UK); includes Renewable
Energy across the UK£10 million for off-shore wind generation and£33m for biomass generation; Transforming Waste across the UK£49.5m for recycling, re-use, and composting activities; Transforming Your
Space across the UK£49.5m (of which£38.75m for England is being delivered
through fair share) Also,£10m is for the Scotland-only drugs
programme, Better Off.