Key dates and how to apply to the Waste Minimisation Fund

On this page you will find information on contestable funding rounds. 

The next round of the Waste Minimisation Fund will be in May 2019

Key dates for applicants to the May 2018 funding round

The application period for this funding round closed on 14 May.



September 2018

Anticipated timeframe for decisions for funding round.

September/October 2018

Anticipated timeframe for notification of successful and unsuccessful applicants. Successful applicants begin Stage II Project Planning*.

March 2019

Anticipated start date for successful applicants. 

*Note: Projects cannot officially start until after Stage II Project Planning is completed and this can take 3 to 6 months. Please contact the Waste Minimisation Fund team if you require further information

About the May 2018 funding round

The May 2018 funding round focused on projects that can accelerate our transition to a circular economy.

For instance:

  • collaborative approaches to design out waste across supply chains
  • multi-industry /industrial ecosystem networks (‘waste’ from one industry is food for another)
  • new services and systems to share resources and assets more effectively (eg, sharing rather than ownership models)
  • new materials that replace toxic, single use or non-recyclable resources
  • new technologies that promote or support the recovery and reuse of resources
  • innovative products that avoid waste or make use of, and add value to, current waste resources
  • new services to take resources out of the general waste stream and put them back into circulation through repair, refurbishment, remanufacture or reuse
  • local infrastructure to support domestic resource efficiency and recycling
  • community engagement to promote local circular economy initiatives.

Find out about the circular economy

Information for future funding rounds

Guidance for applicants

Note: the documents below will be updated for the May 2019 funding round.

Deed of funding template

Successful applicants enter into a deed of funding with the Ministry which sets out our standard terms and conditions for funding.

Updates on the fund

To receive the latest updates on the Waste Minimisation Fund email with 'WMF registration of interest' in the subject line.

Contact us

Phone: 0800 499 700