Biffa Award - Community Buildings

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 13th August, 2018


Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to provide and improve community buildings that are located within the vicinity of a Biffa operation in order to ‘act as mechanisms’ for community involvement.

Maximum Value: £ 75,000
Minimum Value: £ 10,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available.

The total cost of the project must be less than £200,000, inclusive of VAT.

Extended Descriptions

The Main Grants Programme is provided and administered by Biffa Award in order to provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Funding for the Community Buildings theme aims to provide and improve community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls to act as mechanisms for community involvement.

The Biffa Award is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts which operates an umbrella groups for the 47 local Wildlife Trusts that have been formed across the UK.

Latest Information

The next deadline for an Expression of Interest is 13 August 2018 (12 noon). Please note this is subject to change.

Key Criteria

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applicants must:

  • Be located within five miles of a significant Biffa operation or 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site.
  • Be located within 10 miles of any landfill site (not necessarily owned by Biffa Group Limited) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Have a project site open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.

Applicants should check their project location's eligibility using Biffa Awards Postcode Checker which can be found on the Awards website.

Applicants must be eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme's regulator ENTRUST. These will be conditions of any grant approved.

Eligible Expenditure 

These grants are to be used to provide and improve community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls to act as mechanisms for community involvement.

The funding is for site-based improvement work (not for equipment or running costs) that will take place in the future. The site needs to be owned by the applicant or there is a signed lease of more than 10 years in place between the applicant and the landowner.

Priority will be given to projects that enhance, maintain or introduce real community led social, economic or environmental improvements. Projects which fall within this description will be registered under the ENTRUST category D.

Applications will be accepted for projects which aim to repair or maintain churches as long as the applicant is able to demonstrate that the work will have a wider community benefit.

Applicants can check their project location's eligibility on the Biffa Awards website by entering their postcode.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are required to find a third party contributor for 10% of the amount being applied for.


Grants are not available for:

  • Individuals, profit-making or local government organisations (including Community Councils and organisations that are not able to register as an Environmental Body with the regulator ENTRUST.
  • Projects on sites that are owned and or maintained by borough, county, city, district, or town councils, unless a formal lease, with a minimum term of no less than 10 years, is in place.
  • Projects where no formal lease, with less than 10 years remaining, is in place.
  • Projects more than five miles from a significant Biffa Group Limited operation.
  • Projects more than 10 miles from an active Biffa Group Limited landfill site.
  • Projects more than 10 miles from a licensed landfill site (owned by any company).
  • Core costs of an organisation, office equipment and furniture or elements that directly benefit staff.
  • Projects with a total cost of more than £200,000 including VAT.
  • Improvements to car parks, offices or services.
  • Alterations to buildings in order to meet Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
  • Items of personal kit or equipment, eg sports shirts, cricket gloves.
  • Portable items that will not be permanently kept at the address listed as the project location.
  • Projects in school buildings or on school grounds, on the premises of hospitals, hospices, medical centres, day-care centres, charity offices, or for allotments.
  • Projects which are purely for fencing.
  • Events, excursions, CDs and websites, publications and marketing materials.
  • Purely church fabric repairs, eg to bell towers, church spires, etc.
  • Storage containers.
  • Feasibility studies, tender costs, building consents or recruitment costs.
  • Enhancement of town or village centres, eg signage, seating, dog waste bins and seasonal bulbs.
  • Energy saving or green technology based projects which have a derived income, eg solar panels.
  • Retrospective funding – work that has already taken place before any grant has been awarded.
  • Sporting facilities. This includes but is not limited to: cricket nets, floodlights, bowling greens, other pitch groundworks.
  • Cricket net refurbishments.

Payment Proceedure

Payments will be made quarterly in arrears.

Aplication Proceedure

Guidance information and an expression of interest form can be found on the Biffa Award website.

The application process is in two stages:

  • Stage one: The deadline for Expression of Interest forms is one month prior to the Stage Two application deadline, to be considered at the Board meeting.
  • Stage two: Full applications are then considered by the Biffa Award Board. It usually takes about four months for a decision.

The Trust meets twice a year to review application forms.

Contact Biffa Awards for further information.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available on their website.

Contact details:
Grants Team
Biffa Award 
The Wildlife Trusts 
The Kiln, Waterside 
Mather Road 
Newark, Notts 
NG24 1WT
01636 670000