NOTICE: Applications to Stream 1 and Stream 2 of the Plastics Action Fund are now closed.

CleanBC Plastics Action Fund Phase 2

Plastics Action Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

What expenses are eligible?
  • Capital expenditures related to the project
  • Salary costs for project specific labour 
  • Retrofit costs to enable the project
  • Contractor or partner organization fees
  • Installation costs
  • Freight or transportation charges
  • PPE
What expenses are ineligible?
  • Operating expenses (selling, general and administrative expenses)
  • Salary costs for general staff 
  • Marketing and other media expenses
  • General website or IT upgrades
  • Hosting an existing website 
  • Credit card processing fees 
  • Packaging materials for product shipping and related shipping costs 
  • Real estate capital purchases
  • Purchase or lease of private/personal vehicles
  • Labour costs associated with ongoing operations
  • Travel and hospitality for staff or contractors
  • Structural renovations not specific to the project
What is the deadline to apply?

Online applications for Steams 1 and 2 will remain open until February 28th, 2023, or until all funds are subscribed. 

Online applications for Stream 3 will remain open until April 28th, 2023, or until all funds are subscribed. 

Applications will be assessed in the order received, so early applications are strongly encouraged.

What is the deadline for projects to be completed?

All Projects must be completed by February 15, 2024.

Are non-profits eligible for this program?

Yes, non-profit organizations are eligible if they meet the existing eligibility criteria.

Are the grant funds taxable revenue?

Yes. The grant funds are taxable and should be reported on your corporate tax return.

I received funding from Phase 1 of the CleanBC Plastics Action Fund in 2020, can I apply again?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for funding again, given that you are applying for a project exclusive from the one funded in Phase 1.

What amount of funding can our organization apply for?

The maximum grant amount is determined on a project basis, which can be used to cover up-to 66% of eligible expenses.

Can funding be used to offset the cost of projects which have already begun?

No. Grant funding cannot be used retroactivly or any for activities that have already begun before the project start date.

What are the reporting requirements for funded projects?

Successful applicants will be required to provide a report every 3 months (90 days) after the transfer of initial payment until the project conclusion.

What is the application assessment process?

All applications will undergo an administrative review to ensure the project meets eligibility requirements and a technical review to ensure it meets the objectives of program funding. After the initial assessment, selected applicants will be asked to provide additional materials and supporting documents.

What is the selection criteria?

Projects will be assessed based on their:

  • Alignment 
  • Scale
  • Feasibility
  • Innovation
  • Relative impact

Other Factors that will be taken into consideration include:

  • Regional representation
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Economic Potential


What types of supporting documentation might be required?
  • Proof of funding for one third of project cost
  • Proof of financial good standing
  • Financial statements where applicable 
  • Project budget breakdown
  • Full project plan
When will we be notified if our application is successful?

Applications will be assessed in the order received and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as processing is complete.

If our application is successful, when will the funds be dispersed?

Every project will have a customized payment plan depending on the size, milestones and project end date.

Can our organization apply for more than one stream of funding?

Only one application per business may be submitted. Please choose the funding stream most applicable to your project.

If I do not have a receipt/invoice for any of my eligible expenses, can I still submit it as an eligible expense?

No. All submitted expenses will require proof of service completed and proof of payment. If you do lose original receipts or invoices, other evidence of the expense, such as bank statements, may be considered.

Are biodegradable plastics covered under the fund?

No. Only plastics which are SPI Recycling numbers 1 – 7 are eligible.

Eligible plastic types include; Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC or Vinyl), Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS or Styrofoam), Bisphenol A and others.

Can plastic material for recycling be sourced from outside the Province of B.C.?

Plastic materials for PCR processing cannot be sourced from outside of the Province of B.C. Equipment necessary to implement your project can be sourced outside of the Province.

Can finished PCR products be sold outside of B.C.?

Yes. Finished products can be exported to any market.

Are environmental cleanup projects eligible?
  • No, environmental cleanup projects are not eligible.
Can projects be educational or promote recycling as a focus?
  • Capacity-building and educational projects will be considered for the Indigenous funding stream only. 
Can a few plastic reductions and PCR projects/initiatives be included in a single application?

No, an application will be submitted for one project. This project may be multi-faceted. 

Can an organization submit more than one application? Or, if one application is not acceptable, can it submit for another idea?

No, organizations may only submit one application per phase of the fund. 

Can private companies apply in partnership with non-profit organizations?

Yes, private companies may apply in partnership with non-profit organizations. 

Where can we find the announcement of successful past projects?

Successful applicants from Phase 1 of the CleanBC Plastics Action Fund can be found here –

What TRLs are prioritized for this fund?

There is no specific TRL which projects must be at. Projects, regardless of their TRL, will be judged based on their potential impact, alignment, and scalability. 

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