2019-10-15

NOK 20 million to reduce plastic pollution

The Norwegian Retailers’ Environment Fund announces NOK 20 million for projects to reduce plastic pollution outside Norway. Countries with major plastic pollution challenges and limited resources will be prioritised. Applications open on the 15th of October, and the announcement is open to both Norwegian and international actors.

- We have let plastic pollution and inefficient use of plastics grow to become such an enormous problem that huge efforts will be required to solve it. For this to be possible we need the best actors with the brightest ideas. That is the goal of our announcements, says Rasmus Hansson, CEO of the Norwegian Retailers’ Environment Fund

Norwegian plastic bag sales support international projects
The Norwegian Retailers’ Environment Fund is granting NOK 100 million in 2019, and in 2020 this may rise to NOK 200 million. The Fund receives NOK 0,5 for every plastic bag member retailers sell in Norway. Up to half of the grants may be used for international projects.

- Many countries have both a high consumption of single use plastics and a mismanaged system for handling plastic waste, resulting in vast pollution problems. Norway has a shared responsibility for, and an interest in contributing to the reduction of plastic pollution outside of Norway. International projects will be an increasing priority for the Fund, says Hansson

The priority: major plastic pollution challenges and limited resources
Organisations may apply for grants for international projects from the 15th of October to the 1st of December 2019. The announcement includes e.g. applicants developing scalable methods and technology of high transfer value. Projects involving reducing plastic pollution, both through prevention and cleanups, in countries with major plastic pollution challenges and limited resources will be prioritised. 

- 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 Hansson.

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.

Do you wish to apply? CLICK HERE to open the application form. All applications for international projects have to be submitted in English. Deadline for applications is the 1st of December 2019. We’re looking forward to receiving your application!

Any questions? Contact our advisor Mari Kristin Martinsen (+47 92 64 66 81).