2019-10-15

NOK 20 million to reduce plastic pollution

From the 15th of October to 1st of December 2019, the Norwegian Retailers' Environment Fund announced NOK 20 million for projects to reduce plastic pollution outside Norway. The announcement's priority was countries with major plastic pollution challenges and limited resources. The next announcement and opportunity to apply will be autumn 2020.

The priority: major plastic pollution challenges and limited resources
From the 15th of October to 1st of December organisations had the opportunity to apply for grants for international projects. The announcement included e.g. applicants developing scalable methods and technology of high transfer value. The Norwegian Retailers' Environment Fund will prioritise projects involving reducing plastic pollution, both through prevention and cleanups, in countries with major plastic pollution challenges and limited resources. 

- Our mandate is to make a significant and lasting difference to the environment. In order to do that we need to invest in projects where the challenges and needs are the greatest, says Rasmus Hansson, CEO of the Norwegian Retailers' Environment Fund.

Application process
The grant size for each project will be between NOK 1 and 2,5 million (roughly $110,000-275,000). The first stage will involve the applications being reviewed by the Fund’s administration. Following this, they will be evaluated by an external advisory board. Lastly, the Fund’s board will make the final grant decision. Successful projects will be closely followed by the project department in the Norwegian Retailers' Environment Fund. Grants will be announced by the end of January 2020.

The next announcement and opportunity to apply will be autumn 2020.