Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Green-Works

Project: Expanding the charity's office furniture reuse initiative to include recycling carpet tiles

Funder: The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, which co-manages the Business Reuse Fund, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Amount: £64,750

COLIN CROOKS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, GREEN-WORKS

Why did you apply to this fund? We regard carpet tile reuse as an essential part of what we offer to our clients, both the waste producers and the end users.

We have recently agreed to redistribute tiles for Interface, which is one of the world's largest manufacturers of carpet tiles. This is an ambitious project that we thought would meet the fund's aims, which are to divert and reuse significant quantities of commercial materials that would otherwise be wasted.

The Business Reuse Fund grant would enable us to incorporate the tiles into our mainstream business, helping to overcome initial marketing and logistics barriers.

In the long term, the investment will allow us to improve our handling efficiency and reduce our costs.

What did the application process involve? The process was very straightforward. There was a pre-qualifying form and then a fuller application. We knew what we wanted to do, so completing the form was quite easy.

Could the application have been simpler? No, not really.

Did you apply to other funders? No. This was clearly the most appropriate fund.

BARRIE BILLINGHAY, PROGRAMME MANAGER, BUSINESS REUSE FUND

The aims and ethos of the Green-Works project fitted well with the priorities of the Business Reuse Fund, because it will divert 300,000 tiles, or 240 tonnes of tiles, from landfill.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT

This is an innovative project dealing with a difficult product that is not yet reused on a wide scale. People will definitely be keeping an eye on this initiative because it has the potential to be replicated elsewhere in the country and provide a successful example of sustainable working for the future.

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