Call for proposals issued for food waste reduction initiatives

A call for proposals has been issued by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue for food waste reduction initiatives under the 2021 Rural Innovation and Development Fund.

The call for proposals relates to the provision of services for the support of food waste reduction projects which are designed to reduce food waste generated by food businesses, retailers/wholesalers or suppliers in rural areas.

The deadline for submission of applications is 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Proposals will be assessed through a competitive process for funding of proposed projects, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Total funding amounting to €180,000 is available for proposals relating to the promotion and/or development of innovative food waste reduction projects which are designed to reduce food waste generated in rural areas.

The maximum amount that will be paid to any project is €60,000 (excluding VAT). Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Applications should be made via the Call for Proposals application form which is available at gov.ie.

Issuing the call, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue said:

“This funding will further enhance the work previously funded to identify, target and address what is a rapidly growing issue not just here in Ireland but globally.

Ireland generates over one million tonnes of food waste each year. These initiatives will serve to address that fund’s overall objective of energising the rural economy by encouraging innovative job creation and sustainable enterprise development.

“In this current climate with such difficult times, it is more important than ever that we support and promote these important initiatives,” the minister added.