Funding to Eliminate Plastic and Single Use Plastic Packaging
The Plastics Challenge – Sustainable Alternative to Plastic Packaging advertises 100% grant funding up to $1.15 million to Canadian businesses towards eliminating plastic waste and pollution through product or technology innovations.
Phase 1 offers a maximum of $150,000 to conduct R&D and proof of feasibility for up to 4 months to create a model or prototype that represents a near desired configuration of the proposed product or technology. Activities include testing in a simulated operational environment or laboratory. A minimum of 2/3 of the activities must be done internally.
Phase 2 offers a maximum of up to $1 million over one year to continue R&D to develop a prototype for commercialization. Only businesses that received Phase 1 funding are considered for Phase 2.
Proposed products or innovation should be for eliminating and/or the viable recycling of single use plastics, or plastics which are difficult to collect or recycle due to their design, size, or presence of contaminants (e.g. packaging for durable goods like molded polystyrene, mixed material packaging, polyurethane foam, bubble wrap, etc.). Solutions could apply to any organization that provides or uses plastic packaging products (retailers, manufacturers, schools, hospitals, etc.). Compostable and biodegradable solutions will not be considered for funding. All projects must comply with local, provincial and federal environmental regulations.
Eligible businesses must have 499 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, of which 50% of the workers, contractors, executives live and/or are paid in Canada.
Eligible costs include salaries, contractors (not to exceed 1/3 of total eligible costs), travel, reports and studies, overhead (not to exceed 15% of total eligible costs), material, patenting, capital costs, etc. Ineligible costs may include land acquisitions, financing charges, goods or services received through donations, property taxes, and lobbyist fees. The deadline for applications is April, 12, 2020 14:00 EST.
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