Litter Innovation Fund Open for Applications

The Litter Innovation Fund (LIF), is a £450,000 programme, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The Overall aim is to reduce litter by funding innovative approaches to pilot, implement and evaluate small scale local research projects that could be replicated more widely.

The lead organisation must be one of the organisations listed below:

  • Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Industrial Provident Society (IPS) or co-operatives
  • Local Authorities (including principle authorities, parish, and/or town councils)
  • National Park Authorities
  • Broads Authorities
  • Registered Social Landlords
  • Charities
  • Development trust
  • Faith group
  • Educational institutions
  • Scouts, Guides and National Citizen Service
  • Business – Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) e.g. retail, food chains, event management etc.

How the fund works

The fund provides Grants up to £10,000. It is intended to be used to help investigate and implement innovative ways of reducing litter arisings.

A total of £45,000 of grant funding has been set aside for projects aimed specifically at reducing litter entering the marine environment.

All projects should be completed within a six-month timescale from date of award.

The Application process will operate in two phases.

Phase 1 – Expression of Interest (EOI): At this stage we are seeking applicants contact details and an overview of the project with key details to allow the assessment panel to make a judgement if the project is suitable to make a full application to the fund. Please complete the form below to access the document. Once complete, please e-mail to

Phase 2 – Full application: From the submitted EOI’s suitable applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Those applications received that provide the required level of information will be reviewed by the panel on a competition basis and awarded grant funding until the budget is fully expended.

All applicants will be judged against our core criteria and notified of the panel’s decision.

Initial Timescales

  • Expression of Interest – closes 26 September
  • Assessment period – 27 September – 13 October
  • Invite submission of full applications – w/c 16 October
  • Application round closes – 17 November
  • Following this initial round, further tranches will be made available, dates to be announced.
  • For info project applicants should demonstrate how they will answer the following questions through their proposed project monitoring and evaluation:
  • Has the project been successful in achieving the intended impacts?
  • Have there been any unintended impacts?
  • What would improve the project in future?
  • The following should be considered:
  • What are the key indicator(s) for the project
  • How frequently does data need to be collected
  • How long does data need to be collected in order to see whether the changes have occurred
  • How to demonstrate that the project, rather than any other external factors, has resulted in a positive change
  • Using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data

Should you need a copy of the application form please visit