CleanBC Plastics Action Fund Phase 2

Plastics Action Fund Phase 2

The second intake of the CleanBC Plastics Action Fund will support new plastic waste reduction projects across the province promoting the development of a circular economy in B.C. The funding will continue to support recycling and remanufacturing of recycled plastics and will expand the Fund scope to include businesses that support plastic waste reduction through business models that support reuse, refill, sharing or repairing opportunities.

Through the expanded scope, the Fund also seeks to support projects led by Indigenous people, communities, businesses, and organizations focused on reuse, remanufacturing, or micro-recycling, to reduce plastic waste. 

The Plastics Action Fund is administered by Alacrity Canada and circular economy subject matter experts from Synergy Foundation, in partnership with CleanBC.

Want to learn more before applying? Watch our informational webinar!

How the fund works:

Applicants will reduce plastic waste in the province developing projects which support the following expected outcomes:

  • Develop the growth of recycling and reuse businesses, to support the phase out of single-use plastics and grow B.C.’s circular economy;
  • Support Funded Projects led by Indigenous people, communities and businesses as well as businesses in rural and remote communities to stimulate circular economy activities to prevent plastic waste;
  • Support plastic waste reduction, reuse, and repair in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sectors;
  • Increase BC’s processing capacity to supply more post-consumer recycled (“PCR”) plastics to plastic products and packing manufacturers;
  • Increase the use of PCR plastic and the reuse of plastic in plastic manufacturing; or
  • Support PCR plastic product and reuse research, design and testing, including pilot projects and trials that increase the use and reuse of PCR plastic.

    The grant will pay for up to 2/3 of eligible expenses. The grant recipient must fund at least 1/3 of the project cost, which can be covered from other programs or directly by the businesses. 

    One application per business may be submitted.

    The fund application has three steps:

    Complete the online application demonstrating that you meet the eligibility criteria and  submit your project proposal.

    Successful applicants will be asked to develop a detailed grant proposal that explains how you plan to use the funds. The proposal should be broken out into the different costs fields for all eligible expenses. Businesses need to show a cost estimate that includes how much funding you need and how the money will be spent for each cost grouping.

    Applicants who are requesting funding in excess of $100,000 will be required to participate in a discovery interview in addition to submitting a detailed grant proposal.

    Applicants will be contacted as soon as processing is complete with the outcome of their application. For the projects to have an immediate benefit, the funds will be issued and provided to the  grant recipient as soon as the application has been approved.

    Determine your eligibility:

    Please review the eligibility information below. If you have any questions, please contact us for support before submitting your application. Incomplete applications cannot be approved to receive a grant.

    Eligible applicants must meet the following General Conditions:

    • Applicant must agree that the qualified expenses are used solely towards their project which aims to achieve one or more of the expected outcomes. 
    • Applicant must participate in an audit, if selected. The audit will require that receipts and  invoices of the eligible expenses be submitted for review.  
    • Applicant must participate in a follow-up survey to demonstrate the outcomes resulted from the Program. Aggregate results only will be made public.  

    Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:  

    • The business is owned by a B.C. resident or residents; 
    • The business’s sole or primary operations are located in B.C. 

    The business: 

    • Is currently operating;
    • Is registered in B.C.*; 
    • Pays taxes in B.C. 
    • Maintains a:  
      • Federal business number 
      • GST number and PST number 
      • WorkSafeBC number

    *Only BC-based businesses and non-profits are eligible to apply to the Plastics Action Fund Phase 2. You must be registered and headquartered in B.C. and have a fixed place of business in B.C. The Program does not include B.C.- based subsidiaries of organizations that maintain a corporate headquarters outside B.C.

    For more information on the fund, eligibility, and the application process, please visit the Program Guide or FAQ Page.