Sarah Case


Circular Communities Scotland’s Share and Repair Network is delighted to announce that a fund has been made available to trial innovative circular approaches in repair, sharing or re-use targeted at the tourism sector.

Circular Communities Scotland has been commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland to coordinate and manage all aspects of this fund. The amount to be distributed is £135,500, made available from Airbnb, resulting from the COP26 event in Glasgow.

The aim of the fund is to reduce the consumption of new goods for single use in the tourism sector and encourage more sharing and repairing behaviours in the travel industry. The applicant organisation must either be a member of Circular Communities Scotland’s Share and Repair Network or intend to become a member if successful in their application.

Please fill in our simple Application Form by 1200hrs Wednesday 10 January as the first step in your application.

We recognise this is a busy time for members as well as being the holiday season and that is why we have asked for a simple first stage application. Please note: Applicants must have completed a Stage 1 Application to be eligible for Stage 2.

For more information, access our Information and Guidance Application document.

If you have any initial queries, please contact Rhoda Reid at with the title ‘Fund Query’. Any questions asked will be responded to and added to the FAQ section of this article below.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Share & Repair Network Tourism Fund:

  • Updated 3/01/24

Has consideration been given to accepting funds from AirBnB on ethical grounds? 

The Circular Communities Scotland board of trustees confirmed acceptance of funding from Air BnB (through Zero Waste Scotland) in May 2023 to create the Share and Repair Network Tourism Fund. We were aware that this decision may pose a challenge to some of our members.

As a membership organisation we are keen to create opportunities for our members from which they can then decide regarding acceptance. We recognise that individual organisations need to consider accepting funds in line with their internal policies and due to the diversity of our membership this means that policies they each follow may vary.

Our trustees currently make decisions about who to accept funding from on a case-by-case basis and we are continually open to learning more about, and embracing, ethical practices, and we will consider this as we come to our next review of our corporate partnership policy.

  • Updated 19/12/23

How much detail on finance do I need to provide?

For the Stage 1 Application you are asked for an indication of how much you think the project budget would be for. If successful, at Stage 2 a detailed budget setting out staff costs, overheads, marketing, and any capital expenditure should be provided; all supported by a project plan.

Can you give more guidance and clarity on the criteria?

Here below is a summary of what you can use as a checklist:

  1. Essential

The applicant organisation must be a member of Circular Communities Scotland’s Share and Repair Network or intend to become a member if successful in their application.

The applicant and proposal must meet all the following criteria:

  • Must operate in Scotland;
  • Be a CIC, SCIO or registered charity with limited liability for Board members;
  • Be involved currently in share and repair or planning to move into that area;
  • Will clearly further the circularity in goods and materials in the tourism sector.
  1. Key Areas
  • Must be directly linked to the tourism industry;
  • Must enable the reduction in consumption of new goods;
  • Keep products and materials in circulation for longer;
  • Be a new area of work, or development of a recently trialled initiative;
  • Be aimed at changing consumer behaviour.
  1. Desirable Considerations
  • Develop new approaches and open new areas of operation for either share and repair or reuse;
  • Facilitate learning;
  • May have potential to be replicated wider than a specific geographical area.
  1. Applicants to Demonstrate
  • Clear vision for the project
  • The ability to consider the opportunities and challenges and how they would be managed.

Set out:

  • What they will do
  • How they will do it
  • What the grant will be spent on
  • The benefit to the Circular Economy in Tourism in Scotland.


What levels of reporting will be required if I’m successful?

The fund Coordinator will be responsible to Zero Waste Scotland for reporting and not the individual organisations. The Fund Coordinator will agree an approach with successful applicants for monitoring and evaluation. It is expected that reporting will be quarterly, and ongoing support will be available.

Do you think this would be available for community composting projects working with the hospitality sector?

We do not expect that food projects will meet the desired criteria.