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Circular Economy Investment Fund

We are investing £18 million as grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy.

The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a funding opportunity for businesses and organisations in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors.

We are looking for innovative projects that have the ability to deliver carbon savings, leverage investment and create jobs.

We invite proposals from:

  • Small to medium sized enterprises (less than 250 employees/turnover less than €50 million);
  • Non-profit organisations (charities and social enterprises).

We are interested in:

  • Exploring markets for new circular economy products;
  • Development and adoption of innovative business models for new circular economy products and services;
  • Development and uptake of innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy.

We are focused on impacts in:

  • Built environment;
  • Food systems;
  • Bioeconomy
  • Energy infrastructure;
  • Heat and energy
  • Waste.

How to apply:

If your business or organisation is interested, you should complete the short Circular Economy Investment Fund Outline Project Proposal Form (see related documents on the right of this page). We will let you know within 30 working days if your proposal has been successful, at which point you will be invited to complete the final part of the application process - the stage two application. 

Eligibility and guidance notes are available in the documents menu on the right-hand side of this page.

Further information:

The Circular Economy investment Fund seeks to support work that will help deliver circular economy growth.

A circular economy is one that’s sustainable, and as much as possible eliminates waste.  It’s an alternative to our current ‘take, make, dispose’ approach and means that products and materials are kept in a high-value state of use for as long as possible.

The Circular Economy Investment Fund contributes to Scotland’s Economic Strategy, which the Scottish Government published in March 2015, as well as the Scottish Government’s Smart Specialisation Strategy, A Manufacturing Future for Scotland – a programme for Government commitment and Making Things Last, Scotland’s circular economy strategy.

This fund comprises support from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

The £18 million Circular Economy Investment Fund, administered by Zero Waste Scotland, offers investment for SMEs based in Scotland and supports work that will deliver circular economy growth. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

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