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Tackling Plastic 

Brand New Tackling Textiles Grant

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful is administering our first Tackling Textiles - Skills and Innovation Fund (Pilot Programme) to explore ways to reduce the environmental impacts of textiles.

The production, consumption and disposal of clothing and textiles is a growing environment issue both locally and globally. Across the UK, we are throwing away over one million tonnes of textile waste, with up to 300,000 tonnes ending up in landfill or incinerated*. 

According to WRAP, clothing/textiles has the fourth largest environmental impact after housing, transport, and food. With £10,000 provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), we are looking for initiatives that help tackle this growing issue.

The Tackling Textiles - Skills and Innovation Fund (Pilot Programme) is open for applications from Tuesday 20 September.

Value of grants available 

Between £500 to £3,000 will be allocated to each project.

We would welcome applications from the following types of organisations: 

  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (under 250 employees)
  • Social enterprises
  • Charities
  • Not for profit organisations 
  • Community and voluntary groups 

Currently not open to: 

  • School and third level education organisations
  • Sports clubs, churches, and youth groups
  • Unconstituted groups
  • Large enterprises (over 250 employees)

What type of projects will the Tackling Textile – Skills & Innovation Fund? 

We are looking for ideas that support:

  1. Waste Prevention
  2. Reuse and Repair Models
  3. Reimagine 

Waste Prevention 

Materials and design innovation is critical to the future of a circular economy. By preventing waste at the design stage of product development, we can have consumption that is healthier and performs better for our people and the planet.

Reuse/Repair Models 

Reuse and repair are essential in the development of a more circular economy. Reuse of products and materials is more beneficial as it retains a product’s inherent value by keeping it in use for longer. This minimises waste, create jobs, has positive social impact, reduces consumption, and associated carbon impacts.


Climate change is real; we know the impact; we know we must act, and we know that we must make changes to our current model of ‘take-make-dispose.’  We are looking for new ways to tackle the problem of production, consumption, and disposal of textile waste with the aim of creating a more circular textile economy.

How to apply 

To apply for this grant, you must complete an online application form. You are also strongly advised to download and read our Guidance Notes, which includes the fund criteria.

If you have any queries, please contact us by emailing: textilegrants@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org

Key dates

The grant will open for applications on Tuesday 20 September, 2022.

Completed application form must be received by 5pm on Friday 14 October, 2022. 

Successful applicants will be notified by 5pm on Friday 28 October, 2022.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please send them to: textilegrants@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org

The statistics shared are UK-wide, 2017 statistics published by Parliament. Read the report.