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Circular economy investment fund and service

Find out what funding and support is available for small to medium enterprises to help develop a circular economy.

Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy.


Our programme will deliver a step change in the scale, range and depth of existing resource efficiency work across all business and social economy sectors in Scotland.

The programme will deliver its ambitions through four areas of activity:

  • Increasing the scale and provision of services to SMEs in Scotland to become more efficient in their use of resources
  • Stimulating new business activity to identify, develop and bring to market new circular economy products and services
  • Supporting collaboration between businesses and academia to catalyse and demonstrate next generation products and services within the circular economy
  • Helping community and third sector organisations to develop local approaches to tackling resource efficiency and to engage in the development of a more local circular economies.

What are we funding?

Between 2016 and 2018, Zero Waste Scotland is making funding and support available through structured grant calls and procurements. These will focus on priority commercial and industrial sectors including

  • the bio economy (food and drink)
  • built environment (construction and demolition)
  • energy infrastructure (oil and gas decommissioning)

There will also be funding available for key activities such as reuse, remanufacturing, repair and reprocessing.

These funds are comprised of funding from Scottish Government policy areas, such as zero waste and energy efficiency, and Scottish Government European Regional Development Funds.

Who can benefit from these funds

  • Small to medium sized enterprises (less than 250 employees/turnover less than £35million)
  • Organisations supporting business (research bodies, academic institutes, industry bodies)
  • Non-profit organisations (charities and social enterprises)

We are interested in the following activities:

  • Exploring market feasibility for new circular economy products
  • Re-thinking business models to develop new circular economy products and services

How to apply

If your business or organisation meets the above criteria, you may complete the Circular Economy Investment Fund Outline Project Proposal Form. We will let you know within 30 days if stage one of your application has been successful, at which point you will be invited to complete the final part of the application process.

If you’re looking for individual contract opportunities that may be funded through European Regional Development Funds, you can register as a supplier on the Public Contracts Scotland website.  We will advertise all contract opportunities there in the usual manner.

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The Circular Economy Investment Fund and Service will directly contribute 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.

European Structural and Investment Funds enable Scotland and fellow EU member states to deliver on Europe 2020: Europe’s growth strategy for making the EU a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. Zero Waste Scotland is investing European Regional Development Funds to help small and medium-sized businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy.

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