Biffa Award - Recreation

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 5th November, 2018


Grants 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.

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.

The Recreation theme aims to support projects which will benefit people within their free time.

Latest Information

The next deadline for Expression of Interest forms is 5 November 2018 (12 noon) for the February 2019 board meeting.

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.
  • Be eligible for enrolment and registration with the scheme's regulator ENTRUST.

Eligible Expenditure 

Recreation grants are available to support projects which will benefit people within their free time. Many projects under this theme also have elements of the other three themes within them; Biffa Award tends to receive more applications under this theme than others. Projects which fall within this description will be registered under the ENTRUST category D.

Examples of projects that fall under this category are green spaces, woodland walks, nature reserves, play areas, community gardens and building works or improvements to clubhouse facilities, that can demonstrate multi-usage within the wider community, and that they are not for the sole use of the sports club or any other organisation.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Be located within five miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site.
  • Be within 10 miles of any landfill site in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Have a total cost which does not exceed £200,000 including VAT.
  • Be open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access each year.

The funding is to be used for site-based improvement work, not for movable equipment, storage facilities or staff as core costs.


Match Funding Restrictions

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


The following are not eligible for 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 10 years, is formally in place with the applicant.
  • Projects where no formal lease, with less than 10 years remaining, is in place.
  • Projects more than 5 miles from a significant Biffa Group Limited operation (15 miles for Rebuilding Biodiversity projects).
  • Recreation and Community Building 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, 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.
  • Sporting related projects including, but not limited to floodlighting.
  • Projects which are purely for fencing.
  • Events, excursions, CDs and websites, publications and marketing materials.
  • Purely church fabric repairs, e.g. to bell towers and church spires.
  • Storage containers.
  • Feasibility studies, tender costs, building consents or recruitment costs.

Payment Proceedure

Payments will be made quarterly in arrears.

Aplication Proceedure

Guidance notes and an application form can be found on the Biffa Award website.

Contact Biffa Awards for further information.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available on their website.

Contact details:
Amanda Maidment
Biffa Award 
The Wildlife Trusts 
The Kiln, Waterside 
Mather Road 
Newark, Notts 
NG24 1WT
01636 670051