Zero Waste Scotland now has grants of up to £10,000 up for grabs to help communities deal with their litter problems.
The new funding programme is urging local organisations to take advantage of the cash on offer – grants range from £500 upwards – and applications are now open to public, private and third sector groups looking to take steps to prevent littering.
Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland chief executive, said: “Scotland’s national litter strategy, Towards a Litter-free Scotland, focuses on preventing litter being dropped in the first place, to reduce the need for clean up or enforcement.
“We want to use this grant funding to support organisations to deliver real impact in their areas, and build on our recent litter insights work in order to target littering behaviour before it starts.
“A great deal can be achieved when we look beyond clean up and work to prevent the problem occurring in the first place. For that reason, we strongly encourage organisations to look at any problem areas in their community that could benefit from this funding.
“By tackling the problem at its origin, we can help to make Scotland’s communities safer and more pleasant places to live.”
The grants will be used to cover the costs of producing materials aimed at litter prevention in busy public areas such as beaches, town centres, residential areas, parks, schools and sporting facilities.
Visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk for more information on the application process.
The final deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, December 18.