Grants of £10,000 to £75,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations to improve the quality of life and foster vibrancy in communities located within the vicinity of a Biffa operation.
Biffa Award is part of the Landfill Communities Fund, a Government tax credit scheme that enables landfill operators to contribute money to organisations for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.
The Biffa Award Recreation theme provides grants to support projects that will benefit people within their free time who are living in communities within five miles of a significant Biffa Group Ltd operation or within 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site in England or Northern Ireland.
The total cost of the project must be less than £200,000 including VAT.
Projects that have already secured the majority of match funding needed to deliver the project will be given preference.
Who can apply
Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in England and Northern Ireland.
Be applying for a project site located within five miles of a significant Biffa operation or 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site.
Be applying for a project site located within 10 miles of any landfill site (not necessarily owned by Biffa Group Limited) in England and Northern Ireland.
Be eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme's regulator ENTRUST.
Have a project site open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.
Own the project site or have signed a lease agreement with the landowner of more than 10 years.
Applicants should check their project location's eligibility using Biffa Awards Postcode Checker, which can be found on the Biffa Award's website.
Recreation grants are available to fund site-based improvement work on projects that will benefit people within their free time who live in the vicinity of Biffa operations. Many projects under this theme also have elements of the other Biffa Award themes within them (Community Buildings, Rebuilding Biodiversity). Applicants will have to show evidence of wider community use, involvement and consultation.
Projects might include:
Nature reserves and nature trails.
Landscaping including boardwalks, trees and shrubs.
Building work (eg communal space, kitchen and toilets) within wider community areas of sporting clubhouses that have a wider community use and are not for the sole use of sports club members.
Biffa Award tends to receive more applications under this theme than others.
How to apply
Expression of Interest applications are accepted at any time.
Further details and an expression of interest form is available to complete online at the Biffa Award website. Applicants who are successful at this initial stage will then be invited to submit a full application form.
The Trust meets four times a year to review applications - in February, May, July and November.