Landfill Communities Funding

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The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) enables landfill operators to donate part of their annual tax liability which can be spent on eligible community and environmental projects. Not for profit organisations can apply for this funding for projects which have not already started and which are open to the general public.

There are a number of 'objects' which can be supported by this funding. The most relevant one for sport and physical activity projects is 'object D'.

Eligible projects for object D are: 'Where it is for the protection of the environment, the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site'.

The environment is interpreted as including the social and built environment as well as the natural environment. Projects which do not relate to a public park must relate to another amenity. Common examples of amenities which could be supported by landfill communities funding include activity centres, bridleways and cycle paths, community centres, village halls, sporting facilities, museums and libraries. A park or amenity is open to the public, if it is for the public as a whole and there are no unreasonable limitations as to who can use it, for example parks and amenities only accessible to specific user groups defined by age, sex, disability, race. However, it is acknowledged that some parks and amenities by their nature may have certain restrictions places on their use e.g. the equipment in a play area may be restricted to a certain age range for health and safety reasons but the amenity as a whole can be used by the general public as they can access the play area. The park or amenity must not be operated with a view to profit and open to all to join if the facility is operated on a membership basis.

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N.B. Most Landfill Communities Funders will require a 'third party contribution', before they will release the grant. This is approximately 10% of the amount of funding awarded. Therefore, it is essential that you check the guidance.

The Different Landfill Communities Funds

The following Landfill Operators have sites in Nottinghamshire:

See below for more information about the different Landfill Communities Funds. Further information can also be found on Entrust's website - click here.

Also included below are quick links to the postcode checker for the individual operators - click here.

FCC Community Action Fund

There is a FCC operation located near to central Nottingham (Eastcroft EfW Facility, Incinerator Road, off Cattle Market Road, NG2 3JH) and at Cotham, near Newark (Staple Quarry Landfill Site, Grange Lane, Cotham, NG24 3JJ). Wren's website includes an interactive map where you can check if your project is within the fund's catchment area – click here.

Grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 are available for projects with a maximum total project cost of £500,000 through their FCC Community Action Fund.

WREN will accept applications for funding for the provision, maintenance or improvement of the following types of public amenity:

  • Village Halls and Community Centres
  • Public Play Areas
  • Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
  • Churches – community spaces only, Nature Reserves, public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access and Museums

N.B. Competition for FCC funding is considerable. You should read carefully the Guide for Applicants and ensure your project meets the fund's criteria and that you can show the difference the project will make to your local community. WREN requires all projects to be delivered within 12 months of their funding decision.

Also, please note that a third-party contribution of 10.75% of the amount you are applying for will be required if successful.

Click here for further details.


Veolia have operations across the country including towards the north of Nottinghamshire. Please use their online Postcode Checker to confirm your project is in an area they cover.

As well as your project meeting their postcode criteria, you must have 20% of the project cost in cash before you submit Stage 1 of their application and if you need any permissions e.g. planning, they must be secured before you submit Stage 2 of your application.

Constituted, not for profit groups can apply for capital improvement projects at a single site relating to:

  • Community buildings and rooms,
  • Outdoor spaces (e.g. public parks, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths},
  • Play and recreation (e.g. play areas, skateparks, MUGAs, sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms,

Projects must be open to the wider general public for at least 104 days a year, without limit or unreasonable restrictions of use.

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available for projects with a maximum project cost of no more than £250K including VAT and professional costs. Projects must be completed within 12 months.

There are four funding rounds each year.

N.B. For awards of £40,000 and above, an independent third-party contributor will need to reimburse the landfill operator the 10% shortfall to release the grant. This contribution can be made by another funder, a local council or an individual.

Click here for further details.

Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust administers the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund nationally. If your project is near to a Tarmac quarry, waste, cement or lime site you may be eligible to apply for a grant.

In Nottinghamshire, Tarmac has such sites at:

Calverton - NG5 8PR

Bestwood - NG15 8FL

Lockington - DE74 2RG

Besthorpe - NG23 7HQ

Langford - NG23 7RF

Whisby (Lincs borders) - LN6 9BT

There may be other eligible sites on borders with other counties. Staff at the Derbyshire Environmental Trust are happy to check for you on a case by case basis.

The Fund will consider projects within a 7 mile radius of a Tarmac quarry, cement, lime or waste operation however, they prioritise applications close to / affected by their operations, so rarely fund much more than 3-4 miles, unless there is some impact from their site on the local community. Projects also need to be within 10 miles of a licensed landfill site of any operator.

N.B. applicants should have several things in place including:

• all match funding in place (or be seeking 100% of the project costs)

• identified/confirmed the third-party contribution

• all permissions in place for the project to proceed (including planning permission, any faculty or listed building consent necessary)

• any lease agreements or other landowner approvals in place

• complete the project works within 12 months of a grant offer

For full details and an application pack email: or Tel: 01629 539182 or 01629 538614.

Click here for further information.

Biffa Award

Biffa Award provides funding under the Recreation theme to projects that transform open spaces for the benefit of the community, providing them with more opportunities to become involved in recreational activity. However, N.B. Biffa Award do not fund sporting related projects, but they will consider applications from sports clubs for building works or improvements to clubhouse facilities, that can demonstrate multi-usage within the wider community, and that are not for the sole use of the sports club or any other organisation.

Your project must be based within 5 miles of a Biffa Operation or 10 miles of an active Biffa landfill site. Check your project's location eligibility here.

You can apply for between £10,000 and £75,000, however the total cost of the project must be less than £200K. You will need to find a third party contributor(s) to provide 10% of the grant you are applying for.

This scheme operates a rolling application process, allowing you to apply at anytime.

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust is able to apply to Biffa Award for funding towards projects it has adopted.

Please click here for more information.

Landfill Communities Fund's - Postcode Checkers

Landfill Communities Funding Postcode Checkers

If you want to find out quickly whether your project is within the catchment of any of the Landfill Communities Funds click each of the links below.

Biffa Award

FCC Community Action Fund

Veolia Environmental Trust

Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund doesn't have an online postcode checker. However, there are sites in Nottinghamshire at: Calverton, Bestwood, Lockington, Langford, Whisby (Lincs borders). There may be other eligible sites on borders with other counties. Staff at the Derbyshire Environmental Trust are happy to check for you on a case by case basis.

Read the applicable guidance

If your project is within the catchment area of any of these funds, then look carefully at the specific guidance for that fund as there will be differences in e.g. the grant amounts available, the size of the project which can be supported, whether there are any deadlines for applications etc...