Not-for-profit organisations located near landfill sites in England can apply for funding for projects that improve the quality of life in their community.
Managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, Biffa Award is part of the Landfill Communities Fund, and it offers funding through its Main Grants programme for work that benefit an entire community.
Applicants will need to decide which of the following themes is most relevant to their project as there can be no crossover between themes:
- Community buildings – improves community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls to act as mechanisms for community involvement. The grants can be used for building refurbishment and internal fit-out costs, kitchen replacement (including white goods), internal furniture, window and door replacement, central heating systems and roof replacement.
- Recreation – generally covers projects which will benefit people within their free time. Examples of project costs that can be funded include play equipment; landscaping including boardwalks, trees and shrubs; skateparks; woodland walks; nature trails; outdoor gym and building work within wider community areas of sporting clubhouses, eg, communal space, kitchen and toilets.
- Rebuilding Biodiversity – supports a variety of living things and includes all species of plants and animals and the natural systems (or habitats) that support them. Preference will be given to projects that have a strong element of public access or inclusion, such as volunteer involvement. The grants could be used for habitat improvement works, tree surgery, scrub removal and the purchase of plants, seed and trees.
Biffa Award provides grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 as long as the total project cost does not exceed £200,000 inclusive of VAT. Third-party contributions of 10% are required.
There is a two-stage application process. Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time and will receive a decision within a week of submission. Those that are successful will be invited to submit a full application form within six weeks of the invitation. Applications are considered four times a year, and it can take up to six months for a decision to be made.
Further information, including the postcode checker and a list of restrictions in the guidelines, can be found on the Biffa Award website.