CleanBC Plastics Action Fund

4 Funding Categories

The CleanBC Plastics Action Fund will support new projects that fall under four main funding categories, with the following desired scopes and outcomes:

  • Increase BC’s processing capacity to produce
    more plastic products with PCR plastics and
    packing manufacturers.
  • Increase the use of PCR plastic in plastic
    manufacturing.
  • Support PCR plastic product and reuse research,
    design, and testing, that increase the use of PCR
    plastic.
  • Support projects led by individuals, communities,
    businesses, and organizations which self-identify as First Ncaations (status and non-status), Métis, and/or Inuit.
  • Support plastic waste reduction activities that prevent or eliminate waste through reuse and repair models, and through remanufacturing, value-add processing, and recycling processes.
  • Build capacity around the circular economy and plastic waste reduction which are led by Indigenous people, communities, and businesses.
  • Provide development support and project financing for
    start-up and early-stage organizations in communities outside of the Capital Regional District (CRD) and Vancouver Metropolitan Area Vancouver (Metro Van), or within communities with a population of less than 25,000.
  • Projects funded under RPI will address the same outcomes as other funding streams.
  • Increase BC’s processing capacity to produce more plastic products with PCR plastics and packing manufacturers.
  • Increase the use of PCR plastic in plastic manufacturing.
  • Support PCR plastic product and reuse research, design, and testing, that increase the use of PCR plastic.

How Does It Work?

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Step1

Express Your
Interest
Choose one of the four available funding streams and fill in the form at the bottom of the page:

- PCR Plastics
- Circular Economy Innovation
- Indigenous Projects
- Rural Plastic Innovation

If you are approved for an application…

Step 2

Eligible Applicants
Invited to Apply
Applicants will complete the Detailed Grant Proposal provided by Alacrity.

This proposal requires detailed information about the project and the organization.

Step 3

Review and
Selection Process
Alacrity’s expert panel of reviewers will assess the Detailed Grant Proposals based on predetermined evaluation criteria. All scores will be summed up and averaged to produce an overall score. Successful applicants will be notified of their grant award, while unsuccessful applicants will receive feedback on their application.

Step 4

Final Review And
Discovery Call
As a final step in the application process, applicants will participate in a discovery call.

Step 5

Grant Funds
Disbursed

Once the applicant has submitted all required documentation and received approval from the Government of B.C., funding is dispersed.
- 60% of total awarded grant funds disbursed as soon as possible
- 30% of total awarded grant funds disbursed after submission of mid-project update report
- 10% of of total awarded grant funds disbursed after submission of final project report

How Does It Work?

Choose one of the four available funding streams and fill in the form at the bottom of the page:

  • PCR Plastics
  • Circular Economy Innovation
  • Indigenous Projects
  • Regional Plastic Innovation

If you are approved for an application…

Applicants will complete the Detailed Grant Proposal provided by Alacrity.

This proposal requires detailed information about the project and the organization.

Alacrity’s expert panel of reviewers will assess the Detailed Grant Proposals based on predetermined evaluation criteria. All scores will be summed up and averaged to produce an overall score. Successful applicants will be notified of their grant award, while unsuccessful applicants will receive feedback on their application.

As a final step in the application process, applicants will participate in a discovery call.

Once the applicant has submitted all required documentation and received approval from the Government of B.C., funding is dispersed.

  • 60% of total awarded grant funds disbursed as soon as possible
  • 30% of total awarded grant funds disbursed after submission of mid-project update report
  • 10% of of total awarded grant funds disbursed after submission of final project report

Eligible vs. Ineligible Expenses

  • 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
  • Marketing & media-related expenses*
  • Education, outreach, and capacity building activities**


* Marketing and media related expenses are only eligible for the Circular Economy Innovation and Indigenous Projects categories.
** Education, outreach, and capacity building expenses are only eligible for the Indigenous Projects category.

  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Select A Topic Below

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.

  • Proof of funding for one third of project cost
  • Proof of financial good standing
  • Financial statements where applicable 
  • Project budget breakdown
  • Full project plan

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

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.

Projects will be assessed based on their:

  • Alignment 
  • Scale
  • Feasibility
  • Innovation
  • Relative impact
  • Regional representation
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Economic Potential
  • 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
  • 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

Capacity-building and educational projects will be considered for the Indigenous funding stream only.

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.

Yes, you are eligible to apply again, given that you are applying for a project exclusive from the one previously funded. However, priority will be given to projects which have not received previous funding.

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

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.

No, environmental cleanup projects are not eligible.

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. 

No, projects cannot include containers or primary materials made from problematic plastics, which includes polystyrene foam (PS/EPS), PVC, PDVC, carbon black, compostable plastic, biodegradable plastic, and all oxo-degradable plastics.

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

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

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.

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

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

The online EOI will close once all funds have been subscribed.

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

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

Plastics Action Fund Program Alumni

77.285
Metric Tonnes Of
Plastics Recycled
29
Full Time
Jobs Created
18,692.5
Metric Tonnes Of
Plastics Recycled
151
Full time
Jobs Created
TBD
Full Time
Jobs Created

PAF 1: Resulting Impact

PAF 2: Projected Impact

PAF 3: Projected Impact

Impact

From Past Two Phases: 2021 – 2023

CleanBC Plastics Action Fund will support novel plastic waste reduction projects across the province promoting the development of a circular economy in B.C.

Learn More About Alacrity’s Lifetime Impact

Impact

From Past Two Phases:
2021 – 2023

CleanBC Plastics Action Fund will support novel plastic waste reduction projects across the province promoting the development of a circular economy in B.C.

Learn More About Alacrity’s Lifetime Impact

77.285
Metric Tonnes of Plastics Recycled
29
Full time
jobs created
18,692.5
Metric Tonnes of Plastics Recycled
151
Full time
Jobs Created

PAF 1: Resulting Impact

PAF 2: Projected Impact

TBD
Full time
Jobs Created

PAF 3: Projected Impact

Impact From Past Two Phases: 2021-2023

CleanBC Plastics Action Fund will support novel plastic waste reduction projects across the province promoting the development of a circular economy in B.C.

Learn More About Alacrity’s Lifetime Impact

77.285
Metric Tonnes of Plastics Recycled
29
Full time
jobs created

PAF 1: Resulting Impact

18,692.5
Metric Tonnes of Plastics Recycled
151
Full time
Jobs Created

PAF 2: Projected Impact

TBD
Full time
Jobs Created
TBD
Full time
Jobs Created

PAF 3: Projected Impact

Impact

From Past Two Phases:
2021 – 2023

CleanBC Plastics Action Fund will support novel plastic waste reduction projects across the province promoting the development of a circular economy in B.C.

77.285
Metric Tonnes of Plastics Recycled
29
Full time
jobs created
18,692.5
Metric Tonnes of Plastics Recycled
151
Full time
Jobs Created
TBD
Full time
Jobs Created
TBD
Full time
Jobs Created

Learn More About
Alacrity’s Lifetime Impact

Funded Projects

Apply to the
BC Plastics Action Fund!

If you are an entrepreneur, business, or community looking to promote the transition to a circular economy through recycling, remanufacturing, reuse, and repair initiatives, this funding program is for you.

Applications Open Oct. 20 2023