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Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund

The Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund supports projects that focus on waste reduction, pollution prevention, and integrated waste management practices.  

The WRAPP Fund is a broad allocation of the Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF).

WRAPP Objectives

  • demonstrate and promote the environmental and economic benefits of reducing or preventing waste;

  • showcase local efforts to minimize waste;

  • promote sustainable waste diversion or reduction activities; and

  • demonstrate innovative approaches to reducing waste, preventing pollution, and conserving resources.

Priority Areas

Organic Waste Management and Composting

Projects supported under this priority area will result in composting facility enhancement, pilot system demonstration, development and sharing of information, product testing and market development. Projects should:

  • encourage public/private sector partnerships for collection and processing,
  • focus on residential yard and garden wastes, and institutional and commercial organic wastes,
  • comply with established guidelines,
  • result in a high quality marketable compost.
Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management

Projects supported under this priority area will result in community partnerships and partnerships between industry and local governments to reduce the amount of C&D waste sent for disposal. Projects should:

  • demonstrate the benefits and feasibility of C&D waste diversion, recycling and reuse,
  • establish new market activities or expand existing ones,
  • promote environmentally sound C&D waste management practices.
Pollution Prevention

Projects supported under this priority area will help businesses and institutions analyze the environmental impacts resulting from their services, processes and products and reduce the amount and/or toxicity of waste they generate. Projects should:

  • promote green procurement and environmentally sound production practices,
  • develop and market recycled content end products,
  • demonstrate appropriate technologies that improve resource use efficiency or reduce product toxicity.
Model Integrated Waste Management System Development and Planning

Projects supported under this priority area will demonstrate the benefit of integrated waste management planning and local government partnerships to maximize the diversion of waste from landfill. The maximum grant available under this priority area will usually not exceed $25,000. Projects should:

  • have the potential to meet or exceed 50% diversion of waste from landfill,
  • involve systems and plans that may be adopted by other local governments,
  • involve funding partnerships with the private sector, stewardship agencies, or other levels of government.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants

Municipal corporations, local governments, including Northern Affairs and First Nation communities, private and non-profit organizations and businesses, educational institutions, youth groups and community associations are eligible to submit project proposals. Individuals, or groups excluded from the above list may submit a joint application with an eligible applicant.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible for funding support, proposals must:

  • Address one or more of the priority areas and show progress toward achievement of one or more of the Fund’s objectives.
  • Be environmentally and ecologically sound.
  • Promote a sustainable approach with environmental, community and economic benefits.
  • Adhere to a realistic budget and use appropriate resources to conduct the project.
  • Have a distinct start and finish, and be implemented in a timely fashion.
  • Conduct project activities in Manitoba or be of benefit to Manitoba.
  • Have a clear plan for future use, sharing or replication.
  • Have clear objectives and measurable results.
  • Have written support from partners, including financial contributions, in-kind project support and/or technical expertise.
  • Address any legal requirements, such as permits and licenses.

Grant funds are available for Manitoba-based projects that will:

  • demonstrate and promote the environmental and economic benefits of reducing or preventing waste;
  • showcase local efforts to minimize waste;
  • result in sustainable waste diversion or reduction activities; and
  • demonstrate innovative approaches to reducing waste, preventing pollution, and conserving resources.

Consideration is also given to:

  • Opportunity for project replication and degree of innovation, including appropriate use of technology.
  • Demographics—e.g. audiences targeted, geographic regions served.
  • Credibility, capabilities and accomplishments of the applicant and the individuals or contractors who perform work on the project.
  • Cost effectiveness.
  • Feasibility of the proposed method, approach or technology.
  • Compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and agreements. (Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary approvals from regulatory agencies.)
  • The existence of a plan to measure and communicate results.
Ineligible Applications and Funding Requests
  • Projects that will result in proprietary knowledge accruing and being held exclusively by the grant recipient.
  • Applications for debt financing or cost recovery purposes.
  • Purchase of real property, including land, buildings or vehicles.
  • Ongoing administration (office costs) and established operational budgets.
  • Business development start-up costs. Consideration may be given to projects that can clearly indicate that the initiative is a demonstration and/or a pilot project.
  • Initiatives that must be undertaken as a result of a government order, such as removal of petroleum distribution systems, investigations and remediation.
  • Tools or models lacking clear plans for future use.

Funding Guidelines

Proposals are reviewed for eligibility and completeness of information and assessed on technical merit. A WRAPP Fund Advisory Committee has been established to make recommendations on project funding to the Minister of Conservation. The Minister has final approval authority on project funding of up to $25,000. Projects eligible for funding for amounts over $25,000 are subject to the review and approval process of the Provincial Government Treasury Board. Grants will generally not exceed $25,000.

Applicants are encouraged to form partnerships. As a guideline, at least 50% of total project support ― either cash contributions or in-kind support ― should come from project proponents or sponsors other than the Province of Manitoba. In-kind support may include donations of equipment, materials, office space, volunteer time and professional services.

Successful Grant Recipients must sign a Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund Grant Funding Agreement prior to grant funding being awarded. The Funding Agreement establishes funding conditions and payment schedules and outlines project reporting requirements.

If more information is required, please contact us.

Project Proposal Review Periods

Project proposals are reviewed several times per year and may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Multi-year projects may be considered, but grant applications must be submitted on an annual basis for review and approval.

To be considered for funding, all proposals must be submitted by the following deadlines:

April 15

June 15

October 15

All applicants will be notified of funding decisions in writing approximately 12 weeks following the intake date

If more information is required, please contact us.

How to Apply

All proposals must follow the WRAPP Project Proposal Guideline to ensure a fair assessment of applicants. If you need assistance in completing the proposal, please contact us.

Electronic submissions are encouraged, but if mailing your project proposal, please save paper and copy on both sides.

We also appreciate receiving proposals that are unbound (no staples, coils, etc.)

You will receive an acknowledgement that we've received your submission by letter or e-mail. If you do not receive a receipt of submission, please follow up by contacting us.

Contact Us

For assistance with the proposal, or if you have questions about the Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention Fund, please contact us at:

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
160-123 Main Street, Box 40
Winnipeg MB R3C 1A5

Telephone: 204-945-4717
Fax: 204-948-2420
Toll-free: 1-800-282-8069 (ext. 4717)