Biffa Award – Partnership Grants Scheme

Status
Open to applications

Description

Large grants are available for not-for-profit organisations that are looking to improve a built or natural environment which is of regional or national significance and located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or active Biffa Landfill site in England or Northern Ireland.


Details

Maximum Value: £ 750,000

Minimum Value: £ 250,000


Value Notes

Grants of between £250,000 and £750,000 are available. This is a highly competitive grant scheme.

Extended Description

The Partnership Grants Scheme is provided by Biffa Awards, which started in 1997 when Biffa Group Ltd donated its landfill tax credits to the Wildlife Trusts to administer under the fund name Biffa Awards.

 
The funding is for not-for-profit projects that address one of the following themes:
  • The Built Environment theme aims to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres.
  • The Natural Environment theme aims to restore or improve the natural environment; land purchase may be considered in some circumstances. Projects must be working to Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s Wildlife and ecosystem services Section 3; its successor, as agreed in the 25 year plan; or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target.
Preference will be given to projects:
  • Where Biffa Award is the majority funder.
  • That work in partnership with other organisations.
  • That engage with people through improving their knowledge of the asset.

Latest Information

Expressions of interest can be made at any time.


Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations in England and Northern Ireland can apply.

Applicants must:
  • Be located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa Landfill site.
  • Be located within 10 miles of any licensed landfill site (not necessarily owned by Biffa Group Limited) in England and Northern Ireland.
  • Have a project site open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.
  • Have, if not the landowner, a signed landowner agreement in place agreeing to access for maintenance, surveying and monitoring for a period of not less than 25 years.
Applicants should check their project location's eligibility using Biffa Awards Postcode Checker
 
Groups and their projects must be eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme regulator ENTRUST. There will be conditions of any grant approved.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is to be used for site-based improvement work, and the majority of costs should be direct capital delivery work. Projects should be in a position to start work as soon as possible, once a formal offer agreement has been issued.

Projects must fit into one of the following themes:
  • Built Environment theme aims to restore, modernise and improve facilities such as cultural, heritage or visitor centres.
    • These facilities should aim to educate and engage the public, as well as providing and encouraging community enjoyment and involvement. Projects are expected to be of national or regional significance and make a significant impact on the quality of life within the specified area. It might be a theatre, gallery, museum, concert hall, arts or heritage centre, lighthouse, windmill etc, open to the public for published periods each year (minimum of 104 days) and attracting tourists or day visitors. The facility should be inclusive and inspire and promote learning, creativity and participation. It should offer the widest, most appropriate forms of access to the project site, collections, expertise and facilities, whilst overcoming physical, intellectual, cultural and financial barriers its visitors may have. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate a strong element of public access or inclusion, such as volunteer involvement.
    • Projects that fall within this description will be registered by ENTRUST under category D.
  • Natural Environment theme aims to restore or improve the natural environment; land purchase may be considered in some circumstances. Projects must be working to Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s Wildlife and ecosystem services Section 3; its successor, as agreed in the 25 year plan; or a Local Biodiversity Action Plan target. Research will not be funded.
    • The theme supports a variety of living things and includes all species of plants and animals and the natural systems (or habitats) that support them. It is important that they are protected and that the environment can adapt to threats such as climate change. If considered, projects invited forward for land purchase must be able to demonstrate the benefits to biodiversity as well as other previously mentioned considerations defined above, including legal stipulations and value for money.
    • Projects which fall within this description will be registered under the ENTRUST category DA.
    • Preference will be given to projects that have a strong element of public access or inclusion, such as volunteer involvement.

Match Funding Restrictions

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

Preference may be given to projects that have already secured any match funding needed to deliver the project.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:
  • Research for Natural Environment projects.
  • Sites that have already received Biffa Award funding.
  • 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, parish or town councils, unless a formal lease, with a minimum term of no less than 25 years, is formally in place with the applicant.
  • Projects where no formal lease in place.
  • Projects with less than 25 years remaining on a formal lease.
  • Projects more than 15 miles from a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or 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.
  • Improvements to car parks, offices or services.
  • Alterations to buildings in order to meet Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
  • Items of personal kit or equipment, e.g. 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.
  • Sports related projects eg, floodlighting, pitches, changing rooms, cricket nets.
  • Projects which are for fencing.
  • Events, excursions, CDs and websites, publications and marketing materials.
  • Church fabric repairs, e.g. to bell towers and church spires.
  • Storage containers.
  • Feasibility studies, tender costs, building consents or recruitment costs.
  • Enhancement of town or village centres, e.g. signage, seating, dog waste bins and seasonal bulbs.
  • Energy saving or green technology based projects which have a derived income, e.g. solar panels.
  • Retrospective funding – work that has already taken place before any grant has been awarded.

Application Proceedure

Guidance notes can be found on the Biffa Award website.

The first step in the application process is check the postcode of the project’s location.
 
Those who have an eligible postcode will be able to proceed with their online application.
 
Groups that are successful at the initial stage will be invited to submit a full stage application.
 
Contact Biffa Awards for further information.

Address and Contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website here.
 
Contact details:
Grants Team
Biffa Award 
The Wildlife Trusts 
The Kiln, Waterside 
Mather Road 
Newark, Notts 
NG24 1WT
 
Telephone: 01636 670000