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High streets beyond waste: Grants (applications closed)

Calling London's high street businesses! Have you got a great ‘beyond waste’ idea that will improve your environmental impact while also helping your business?

High street businesses can apply now for a grant to help them tackle the ‘stuff’ within their business to reduce waste and cut costs, win new customers, and thrive.

Read on for more information on what will be funded and how to apply.

What’s on offer?

ReLondon are offering 20 London-based, high street businesses the opportunity to apply for grants of between £2,500 – £5,000, or £5,000-£10,000, to set up a new ‘beyond waste’, circular economy idea that will help tackle all the stuff they or their customers buy, make, use and throw away.

Grantees will also receive support from our expert business advisors to bring their idea to life and become inspiring examples of how high street businesses can lead the way in making London into a low carbon, circular city.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to the types of businesses found on a typical London high street, listed below:

  • 1

    Food and drink – eat in

    Businesses that carry out food/drink preparation for customers to consume on the premises:

    • Pub/Bar/Taproom
    • Restaurant/diner
    • Café/coffee shop
  • 2

    Food and drink – takeaway

    Businesses that carry out food/drink preparation for customers to take away

    • Takeaway shop/kiosk
    • Hot food market stall/van
    • Butcher/baker/ deli
  • 3

    Retail

    Shops with a physical location that sell the following consumer items:

    • Fashion
    • Homeware
    • Electricals/hardware
    • Grocer/cornershop/off licence
  • 4

    High street services

    Services found on a typical high street, accessible to the general public, limited to:

    • Hairdressers/barbers
    • Beauty/nail salons
    • Drycleaners/launderettes
    • Pharmacies/Opticians

Additional eligibility requirements

Businesses that fit into the categories above must also:

  • Be a small or medium sized business (fewer than 250 employees) registered on Companies House
  • Have a physical trading address that is accessible to the general public, located in one of the 33 London boroughs
  • Be an established business:
    • Trading for at least 2 years
    • Turnover of at least £10,000 in the last financial year
    • At least 2 employees
  • Not already have circular economy at the core of the business*

For more detailed eligibility criteria and examples of excluded businesses, download the application guidance here.

*This grant scheme is aimed at businesses trying circular economy models for the first time. If you already have a circular economy model at the core of your businesses (e.g. refill, repair, reuse, rental) you will not be eligible for these grants but we encourage you to apply to join our circular SME community.

What could be funded?

We’re looking for ideas that reduce or make better use of the stuff that you or your customers buy, use, make and eventually throw away. You can read about different ways we can tackle stuff through what we all ‘circular economy business models’ here.

Ideas might include making better use of waste/surplus materials and ingredients, reusable packaging and product refills, repair services, upcycled homeware, renting jewellery and clothing, sharing space, to name just a few!

For more inspiration you can:

“It’s nice to be involved in what seems to be a pragmatic approach to making progress around re-use.”

Brodie Meah, Shop Cuvee Ltd

What's included?

Apply for a grant

Make your ideas a reality

  • Grants of £2,500-£5,000, or £5,000-£10,000, available for up to 20 businesses
  • Applications close 27th Feb 2024 by 11:00am

Support for grantees

Receive support to help you succeed

  • Get expert advice from our business advisors to help your project succeed
  • Connect with fellow grantees and share ideas
  • Report back on your progress

Become a circular economy champion

Join our circular SME community

  • Receive promotion as we shout about your success
  • Connect, learn and grow with like-minded business owners to share experiences
  • Be considered for ReLondon’s projects, campaigns and promotion

“All the supports that I have received were extremely useful. I was able to apply it back to my business straight away and it was really useful to have the direct feedback on my product.”

Yeena Yoon, YeenaYoon Studio

How to get started

Make sure to download and read the information listed on the application guidance before completing your application form. The application guidance includes the full eligibility criteria, grant requirements and FAQs.

6 Feb 2024

Application open

27 Feb 2024 (11:00 am)

Applications deadline

w/c 1 Apr 2024

Grantees notified

w/c 8 Apr 2024

Grants awarded

Apr/May 2024

Grantee activities begin with support from ReLondon*

Oct 2024

Activities finish

*You will need to start your activities in April/May 2024 and be able to show good progress and report back on the impact by Oct 2024.

Applications are now closed. Visit our services page to find out other ways we could support your business.

“ReLondon has opened our eyes to how much hairdressers chuck into the bin and got us to turn around completely, and it's absolutely incredible how much we can recycle.”

Miranda Alund, Barhairink

This support is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Southwark high streets beyond waste