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FAQs - Circular Textiles Fund

Funding Eligibility

Who can apply for funding?

This funding programme is open to the following Registered organisations:  

  • SME’s 
  • Large Organisations 
  • Third Sector Organisations (including community and voluntary groups, registered charities, foundations, trusts, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and cooperatives) 
  • Collaboration between two or more organisations is actively encouraged 
  • Additional criteria: 
  • Organisations can be Headquartered out with Scotland but the project being funded must be based permanently in Scotland.   The majority of inputs to the project shall come from arisings sourced in Scotland. 
  • A minimum of 12 months trading history is required 
  • Applicants must be a Living Wage Employer 
  • Ability to match fund minimum of 50% of project costs 
  • Applications seeking support for an extension of “Business As Usual” will only be considered at the discretion of the funding panel if the additional outputs are deemed to contribute significantly to the fund outcomes 
  • For applications received in Round 1, the project spend must be complete by 31/03/2023 

What kind of projects are eligible? (e.gs of projects we are looking to support)

To be eligible to apply for a grant, your project should meet the following criterion:    

  • Accelerate a circular transition in Scotland:  Actively contribute to improving circularity in textiles in Scotland through a) demonstrating that the project will result in a carbon saving or add value to a ‘waste’ product or material; and b) meeting at least one of the objectives of the Fund (see above);
  • Deliver economic and inclusive growth:  Demonstrates additionality in terms of economic/social benefits e.g. jobs, turnover increase, social inclusion etc;
  • Waste reduction: Contributes to the reduction of textile waste in Scotland, including diversion of waste from landfill, improving end of life options, moving waste up the hierarchy etc;
  • Carbon Impact: Achieve a positive impact on Carbon emissions; this may be a carbon saving or through adding value to a ‘waste’ product or material.  Zero Waste Scotland would like to see wherever possible that projects demonstrate how they will offer significant carbon savings and an estimation of what these will be in tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent);
  • Innovation: Level of innovation in developing / providing new or untested solutions for the Scottish market, including collaborative partnerships.  Projects must be well advanced along the development pathway. Early-stage research or basic science  projects will not be supported. 

What can money be used for? (capital/revenue etc)

Eligible costs items may include, but are not limited to:   

  • Plant, equipment, and machinery 
  • Delivery and installation 
  • Buildings 
  • Vehicles 
  • Staff costs 
  • Expenditure which was incurred on or after the date any agreement has been finalised and signed, up to the closing date of fund.   
  • Please see the ‘Guidance Notes for Completion of Stage 1 – Expression of Interest Form for Circular Textiles Fund’ for more information. 

Can I apply in partnership with another business?

Yes - collaborations between two or more organisations is actively encouraged.

Can I apply if I have received support from Zero Waste Scotland in the past?

Yes.

Do I need to be based in Scotland?

Organisations can be Headquartered out with Scotland but the project being funded must be based permanently in Scotland.   The majority of inputs to the project shall come from arisings sourced in Scotland. A minimum of 12 months trading history is required.

What is meant by ‘circular principles’ and ‘sustainable practices’?

For guidance on the CE in Scotland, potential applicants may refer to the Zero Waste Scotland website. 

What is meant by ‘textiles’?

The Circular Textiles Fund is open to applicants from all textiles businesses and projects in Scotland.  This includes but is not limited to clothing, household and industrial textiles. 

When does my project need to be live?

  • For applications received in Round 1, the project spend must be complete by 31/03/2023.

What is the 'Living Wage'?

Visit the Living Wage website for more information.

Why do I need to be a living wage employer to apply?

The Living Wage aims to support businesses, workers and society.  More information can be found on Living Wage Scotland. It also supports Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

 

I pay all of my staff above the living wage, but I am not accredited as a "Living Wage" employer, can I still apply?

Yes.

What other funding is available if this is not right for me?

Please visit FindBusienssSupport.gov.scot and the funding page on the Zero Waste Scotland website for more information on other funding opportunities. 

Purpose of Fund

What is the objective of the fund?

The Scottish Government has committed to launching a Textiles fund with £2 million being made available over 2 years.  The aim of this fund is to improve the circularity of textiles in Scotland through innovation but also implementation to help tackle the environmental impacts that textiles have.  The fund will provide opportunities for public, private and third-sector organisations of all sizes to develop and deliver solutions to reduce waste and carbon impacts of all textiles (clothing, household and industrial). We particularly encourage a collaborative approach. 

The fund will focus on five main areas: 

  • Reducing consumption - measures that encourage more responsible consumption of textiles, such as clothing and textile rental, reuse, and repair.  
  • Design for circularity - supporting organisations to improve how clothing and soft furnishings are designed to maximise the end-of-life potential. This could include specifying preferred materials, reducing the use of mix materials, reducing chemicals used that can affect the ability to reuse and recycle products, material labelling, and adjustability for resizing. 
  • Supply chain management and specification - supporting organisations who procure textiles, be it uniform, bedding including mattresses, soft furnishings to specify materials and designs that can be easily reused, repaired and have a reduced impact. This could include closed loop pilots for low-impact materials for bedding (including second-life fabrics), uniforms that can be altered for reuse, and diversion from incineration of uniforms by smart design. 
  • Clothing care and chemical reclaim and management - Supporting organisations to develop chemical reclaim processes and prevent plastic shedding. This could include overcoming the challenges of flame retardant chemicals and banned substances, and implementation of new inert methods or systems for end-of-life processing. 
  • End of life (reprocessing) - Supporting organisations to maximise the potential of waste textiles. This could include material sorting technologies to better sort and grade for reuse, creation of new products from waste, tonnage being moved up the waste hierarchy, and reprocessing of problem materials. 

Please see the ‘Guidance Notes for Completion of Stage 1 – Expression of Interest Form for Circular Textiles Fund’ for more information. 

How does this support Scotland's National Strategy for Economic Transformation?

The Circular Textile Fund aims to support Scottish businesses in making a just transition to a circular economy.  Funding aims to help Scotland deliver better economic and environmental performance in the textiles industry. 

More information on Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Application Process

What is the application process?

The application is a two-stage process. 

Stage one is the completion of an Expression of Interest (EOI) form which provides some details on your project proposal and organisation.  The form can be requested from our website and should be returned to Zero Waste Scotland by email no later than 29 July 2022.   

We will contact applicants that are successful at stage 1 by 1 September 2022 for more information, this will involve the submission of a Stage 2 application form.  Those that have been unsuccessful will also be notified by this date. 

When is the application deadline?

Expression of Interest for round 1 will open on 24 June 2022, closing on 29 July 2022.

What evidence do I need to submit to support my application?

At stage one of the applications process we collect information on your organisation and proposed project, this is to help us determine eligibility against the assessment criteria. 

We will ask those that are successful in stage one to submit supporting evidence as part of their stage two application. 

How long will the process take?

Stage one applications (Expression of Interest forms) opened on the Zero Waste Scotland website on 24 June 2022 and must be returned by email to textiles@zerowastescotland.org.uk by 29 July 2022. 

First stage applications will be assessed during August, with applicants being advised if they have been  invited to stage 2  by 1 September 2022. 

Stage 2 will open on 1 September 2022 when we will invite successful stage 1 applicants to submit more information, application will close on 6 October 2022. 

We will assess stage 2 applications between 10 October 2022 and 25 November 2022.  We will notify stage 2 applicants if they have been successful or unsuccessful in their funding applications between 29 November and 12 December 2022. 

What is the assessment criteria?

Applications will be assessed against their ability to: 

  • Accelerate a circular transition in Scotland: projects must actively contribute to improving circularity in textiles in Scotland;
  • Deliver economic and inclusive growth: demonstrates additionality in terms of economic/social benefits e.g., jobs, turnover increase, social inclusion etc;
  • Waste reduction: Contributes to the reduction of textile waste in Scotland, including diversion of waste from landfill, improving end of life options, moving waste up the hierarchy etc;
  • Carbon impact: Achieve a positive impact on Carbon emissions; this may be a carbon saving or through adding value to a ‘waste’ product or material and/or utilising a less carbon intensive material. Zero Waste Scotland would like to see wherever possible that projects demonstrate how they will offer significant carbon savings and an estimation of what these will be in tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent);
  • Innovation: Level of innovation in developing / providing new or untested solutions for the Scottish market, including collaborative partnerships. Projects must be well advanced along the development pathway. Early-stage research or basic science projects will not be supported.

Round 1 projects must be delivered by 31 March 2023. 

Who decides if my application is successful?

Applications will be assessed by a panel of judges including Zero Waste Scotland and partner organisations.

When will I hear if my application has been successful?

First stage applications will be assessed during August, with applicants being advised if they have been successful or unsuccessful by 1 September  2022. 

Those that are successful at stage one will be invited to submit more information between 1 September 2022 and 6 October 2022.  Stage two applicants will then be informed if their application was successful or unsuccessful between 29 November 2022 and 12 December 2022. 

I want to apply for funding but I am not ready to apply for round 1, what can I do?

There will be three application rounds.

Funding

How much funding is available?

A total of £2 million of grant funding has been made available over a 2-year period, June 2022 to March 2024.   

How much funding can I apply for?

  • Minimum grant value which can be applied for is £25,000;
  • Maximum grant value is £500,000.  Zero Waste Scotland reserves the right to consider projects of greater value on a case-by-case basis;
  • The maximum intervention rate is 50%;
  • Overall grant budget allocation is split as 75% Capital Expenditure and 25% Operating Expenditure, whilst we do not expect projects to reflect this, it may impact the availability of funding. 

Will I receive all of the funding I apply for if my application is successful?

Funding will be awarded to successful applicants based on budget availability and the ability of the application to meet the assessment criteria by 31 March 2023.  It is not guaranteed that the full amount of funding applied for will be awarded but it we will try to award full funding support to the applicants that best meet the assessment criteria. 

The maximum intervention rate is 50% 

Overall grant budget allocation is split as 75% Capital Expenditure and 25% Operating Expenditure, whilst we do not expect projects to reflect this, it may impact the availability of funding. 

Please see the ‘Guidance Notes for Completion of Stage 1 – Expression of Interest Form for Circular Textiles Fund’ for more information. 

Funding Awards

How will the funding be awarded? (what does the funding look like?)

The funding will be awarded as a grant.  It will be awarded against project milestones and paid retrospectively once milestones are achieved. 

When will funding be awarded?

If you are successful in your application we will move to contract negotiations, agree the milestones and as soon as that contract is signed you can start to drawdown the money assuming you have met your milestones and provided us with the evidence.  

Who administers the fund? / Who awards the funding? / Where does the funding come from?

Zero Waste Scotland is administering the fund on behalf of Scottish Government. 

 

What are the terms of investment?

Please see the ‘Guidance Notes for Completion of Stage 1 – Expression of Interest Form for Circular Textiles Fund’ for more information. 

The Circular Textiles Fund will follow Zero Waste Scotland’s standard terms and conditions for grant agreements.  This can be requested from Zero Waste Scotland by emailing textiles@zerowastescotland.org.uk 

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